Day 10

December 12

Colossians 1:15–20

15 "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in[b] him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19 For in him all the fullness of God[c] was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross."

The Ultimate Gift

by Bill Mearse

This season reminds us of memorable gifts which have created lasting impressions during our lifetime. These gifts invoke emotions of warmth and comfort as we reflect not only on the gift but also the giver. Take a moment to remember a special gift you have previously received. The scripture passage for today presents why Jesus Christ represents the most memorable Gift available to everyone.   

The genesis of this Gift originates from eternity past. Describing Him as “the image of God, the firstborn of all creation” reflects the eternal nature of Jesus. While we tend to focus only on its future, eternity really has no beginning as well as no ending. God has always existed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit confirming the timelessness of this Gift.   

The creation of the heavens and earth marks the beginning of eternity present. While humanity continues to debate the how and when of creation, this passage leaves no doubt as to Who. The involvement of Jesus upon every aspect of creation (“visible and invisible”) reveals His personal touch and His purpose (“for Him”) reveals the motivation of this Gift.   

Despite the magnificence of His creation, the sin of humanity has fostered a world of divisiveness and deceitfulness. The resulting depravity and chaos continue to increase and accelerate causing people to wonder about the future of this world. Jesus represents the super glue by which “all things hold together” preventing the world from spiraling totally out of control and reiterating the necessity of this Gift.   

The revelation of this Gift occurred when an infinite God entered the finite nature of this world. Jesus fully embodied both the divinity of God and the human experience. His life reflected humility through submission to His Father and resiliency to overcome the temptation of sin. His death “through the blood of His cross” demonstrated His willing sacrifice of innocence for our reconciliation with Him despite our sinful nature.   

The resurrection of Jesus introduced our potential for eternity future. His defeat of death and ascension to heaven accompanied by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit has established and empowered the church, with Jesus as the Head, to share the gospel and minister to the world. The transformational nature of our personal relationship with Jesus confirms the intimacy of this Gift.   

Searching for a memorable gift for someone during this season of giving often proves challenging. Sometimes we cannot discern what a person really wants, while other times we think people already have everything they desire. My prayer is this devotional reveals Jesus Christ as not just a memorable gift but the ultimate Gift for everyone and anyone who receives and accepts Him as Savior and Lord.   

About the Author

Bill Mearse

Bill Mearse

Bill serves as board member, investor and advisor, including as the current chair of the Baylor University Board of Regents. Other boards on which he participates include Baylor College of Medicine, Memorial Assistance Ministries and Banda Health.  

His business career encompassed more than 33 years at Accenture before retiring in 2013. As Resources Chief Operating Officer, Bill focused on their global business for oil & gas, chemical, utilities, mining & metals representing $5+ billion in revenues. His role as Senior Managing Director of the Houston office provided oversight of local initiatives related to market development, community service and employee engagement for more than 1,200 employees.   

Bill is a native Texan from Abilene who graduated from Baylor University earning B.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees. Bill and his wife, Tanya, attend Second Baptist Church where Bill serves as a deacon and teaches adult Bible study.