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A free gift. No strings attached. The above quote was lifted from a short story by Martin Bell called Barrington Bunny. And an Easter story. Both are about giving. And about sacrifice. In our culture, we usually give from our surpluses, our extra, when we can afford it. And in our economy today, fewer of us can afford it. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.
Jesus equates giving to sacrifice. He was the greatest unconditional gift. The well-known scripture passage tells us just that: For 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. John So what do we do with this? What of us? This is what he wrote to early believers and was captured in the New Testament book of 1 John: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
And we ought to lay down our lives for one another. God loved, so he gave the ultimate gift — Jesus. Jesus loved, so he gave the ultimate gift — his life. A sacrificial gift.
We are called to love, to give of ourselves — free gifts. Sacrificial gifts.
With no strings attached. This Christmas, ponder on the ificance that God loved, so he gave. So simple and yet so profound. This is the true meaning of Christmas. And of Easter. I am a practical theologian. A theology that doesn't play out in one's everyday life is impractical, or of no real use. A simple definition of theology is the attempt to understand God and what he is up to, allowing us to him in his work.
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