Once again the gift giving season is upon us. While we have no scriptural authority to celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, many of us have very fond memories of Christmases past. Most of us, with just a little thought, could remember a special gift that we received at some time in our past. These special gifts were special not necessarily because of the money they cost, but because they showed that we were important to the one giving the gift. Imagine then how important we are in the sight of God. In John 3:16 Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God loves us so much that He was willing to spend the life of His Son to buy us the greatest gift the world has ever known, salvation. Without the price paid by Jesus we would have no hope of the life to come. In Romans 3:23 we are told, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and in Romans 6:23 Paul says that, “the wages of sin is death.” Spiritual death is what we have earned, it is what we deserve. But as Paul goes on to say, “the gift of God is eternal life.” God, in His grace and mercy, offers us the greatest gift ever known, all we have to do is accept it. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8). “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).