Jesus is God's perfect gift to us
Homemade presents are the best. I'm not sure which brings more joy -- giving or receiving something that's been made with the giver's time, love and self. The gift giver gets to create something that expresses both who they are and who they see the receiver as. The gift receiver's heart gets to feel affirmed, understood and honored.
God's love is so intense that he created an entire universe as a gift for his beloved son. Colossians 1:16 says, "God created the whole universe through him [Jesus] and for him." I love imagining the Father taking such delight in dreaming up the concept of a universe and designing even the intricacies of every good thing in it to give to his Son to delight Jesus' heart. Our Father's creativity and imagination knew no boundaries in this gift for his Son, and his heart is on display for all the world to see through it.
The gift of the universe also testifies to God's understanding of the nature of his Son. God created the universe through Jesus. He knew Jesus was passionate love who had to and would give himself away to redeem the gift his Father had given him. Jesus made a gift of himself to the gift God had given him. Through the gift of Jesus' death, "God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself." (Colossians 1:20)
The gift includes us. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I am a gift from God to Jesus to woo Jesus' heart. I am a product of the love the Father has for his son. I am the product of intentional, willed dreams God wanted to give Jesus because his love couldn't hold back and he still hadn't created anything for Jesus that could show his love for his son exactly as I could. I hope he had a sparkle in his voice and said something like, "Here. A brown-haired dreamer girl after your very heart who sings and talks a lot who I love and need you to rescue from fears and sin so she can be mine again. Perfect." Believing we were created out of love through and for Jesus changes everything.
God's love is so amazing that he gives gifts to the gifts. The Holy Spirit is our gift of life -- the gift of God's own Spirit -- that God puts inside us during our Baptism. The Spirit gives us gifts that display who God is through us, and affirms that God believes in us and is with us. The Spirit attests that God is bringing us back to himself through Jesus.
The fullness in the freedom of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit's giving and receiving of love between each other captivates me. It's what I want my every action of love to look like -- a gift.
Mia Pohlman is a Perryville, Mo., native studying at Truman State University. She loves performing, God and the color purple -- not necessarily in that order.