The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

Thursday, 2 February 2017  | Narelle - MECS Principal
Hopefully you received some great presents over Christmas, but perhaps more importantly, gave some great presents!

For me, the giving of presents is more important than receiving them because it shows my heart – a gift may convey my gratitude for a job well done. It might convey my encouragement of a new hobby or interest in a friend or family member. I use gifts to express my love and affection and I want to make sure these gifts really hit the mark! What would this person like? Find funny? Enjoy?

At the beginning of this school year, I want to remind our community about the perfect gift of Christ and what this gift tells us about God! You might think this is more of a message for the last newsletter of the year (as we lead into Christmas) rather than the first, but as Christ is at the centre of this school, I see it more of a message of re-calibration – making sure we all understand the One we worship. Hopefully, it will be a reminder that as we seek the Kingdom of God in education here at MECS, we will always acknowledge that Christ is the King of this Kingdom!

So, let’s remind ourselves of these truths -

The gift of Jesus reminds us that God is the ultimate giver.
In John 3:16, we read that “God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus is the perfect and complete gift! God knew exactly what we needed to restore our relationship with him, with each other and with his world.

The gift of Jesus comes free, with no strings attached. It comes from the hand of a generous and extravagant God. We can’t earn it, we can’t buy it, and we can only accept it as a free gift.

God’s gifts are always good! In Matthew 7:9-11, we read, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?” Good gifts such as salvation, peace, forgiveness, grace, joy, hope… gifts that bless us and others, and of course, Jesus is God’s ultimate good gift!

The gift of Jesus makes God known to us in all his fullness. By looking at Jesus, we understand God better.  In John 1:18, we read, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” As we seek to imitate Christ in all aspects of life, we image God more fully.
So what do we do with our carefully chosen gifts?

I must admit I like getting my Christmas presents all beautifully wrapped early in December so that I can enjoy seeing them all there under the tree. But the point of putting presents under the Christmas tree is not just for show – they are not meant to stay there – they are meant to be given. The Christmas tree is just a holding spot for them. No one places a gift under a Christmas tree and thinks that’s all there is to it. They expect to give that gift to someone and for that person to receive it.

It’s the same with Jesus.  God gave us Jesus so He can be given to others, and that others will receive him!

We have a unique opportunity as a Christian school to share and give the gift of Jesus to our students! Our teachers have been encouraged this year to use this opportunity purposefully and intentionally; to plant the seed of hope, to offer a word on encouragement, to intervene in unhelpful behaviours and conversations, to turn things around for those who are lost, to pray for, and to pray with students, to share with them who Jesus is, to give them the gift of Christ.

It will be the best gift they ever receive. God’s perfect gift. I hope you agree!

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