“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15
In reading this verse, we often focus on our perspective – how the gift of Christ has given us new life. Rightfully so, we celebrate how that gift has impacted us like no other gift. However, what if we were to hold up that gift and turn it and look at it from another perspective – that of the Giver? What if we considered the gift from the Father’s perspective? What was in His heart when He offered us the gift of His Son?
Matthew 3:16, 17 (NASB) “After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lightening on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
This account in Scripture is divine love in its fullness – the expression of all three parts of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit descending as a dove on to the Son and the Father speaking audibly, “I am well pleased.” The original Greek verb that the Father uses when speaking to His Son is a timeless verb. The Father has always and will always be well pleased with His Son. In this scene we get a beautiful glimpse into the heavenlies – we can see the expression of the Trinity and their outpouring of pleasure, love, and celebration of each other.
If we take a moment to soak in this Scripture, we can see the Father’s heart in His indescribable gift to us. He was giving us HIS most perfect gift. Christ is not just our most perfect gift. He is also the Father’s most perfect, most cherished, most celebrated, most loved gift that He wanted to give us.
A few years ago, my husband gave me one of my most treasured gifts ever – a study Bible with a beautiful leather cover that he hand-crafted. It was exactly what I wanted, but also more. He made the cover for me, with me in mind. My husband’s heart in his gift to me is equally as precious as the gift itself.
This Advent season, consider the celebration in the Father’s heart as He offered us HIS most treasured gift. It is equally as precious as the gift itself.