Little Ralphie dreams of receiving his heart’s desire for Christmas; a Red Ryder Air Rifle. This low budget comedy filmed in 1983 has become a Christmas staple. It stood out among all the other saccharin-sweet Christmas movies as it brought in a note of realism. What parent has not experienced the unbridled avarice of their sweet children! Commercialism, anticipation, disappointment and hurt feelings are all part of real Christmas in real families! And of course, the warnings about his perfect gift came close to being realized, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
Today’s verse is about another gift that cannot ever be adequately described! It is a gift that cannot be purchased and it will never be deserved. It is a gift that is eternal and totally without equal. There is no question of returning it as it goes beyond every expectation! This gift is God’s surpassing grace in the Person of His Son, Jesus (verse 14). His unmerited favor is a gift that continues giving throughout our earthly life and into eternity!
Words cannot adequately convey how life-changing His grace is towards me. It is indescribable! This grace was given to me in Jesus before the beginning of time (II Tim. 1:9) and by this grace I am saved. His grace allows me to live beyond the limits of my weaknesses (II Cor. 12:9). And it is by His grace that He gives me eternal encouragement and good hope (II Thes. 2:16). There are so many layers of wrapping to this gift of grace that it takes a lifetime to experience it fully. I am so humbled by the enormity of this gift and the cost the Lord paid to offer it to me.
Thank you Lord, for this incredible gift of Your favor to me!