THE GIFT AND THE GIVER                                           Luke 1:67-79

Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, (v78)

It’s only a keychain. Five little blocks held together by a shoelace. My daughter gave it to me years ago when she was seven. Today the lace is frayed and the blocks are chipped, but they spell a message that never grows old: “I love DAD.” The most precious gifts are determined not by what went into them, but by who they are from. Ask any parent who ever received a bouquet of dandelions from a chubby hand. The best gifts are valued not in money but in love.

Zechariah understood that. We hear it in his prophetic song as he praised God for giving him and his wife Elizabeth their son John when they were well past their  childbearing years. (Luke 1:67-79)  Zechariah rejoiced because John was to be a prophet who would proclaim God’s greatest gift to all people – the coming  Messiah: “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us” (Luke 1:78 NLT) Those words point to a gift given with so much love that it will even “shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death (v79)

The sweetest gift we can receive is God’s tender mercy –  the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus. That gift cost Him dearly at the cross, but He offers it freely out of His deep love for us – James Banks.

PRAYER LINE: Jesus, thank You for Your gift of forgiveness and life through You. I receive Your gift with joy.


Jesus is both the gift and the Giver. (ODB)

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