In Africa, a missionary teacher did her best to explain the meaning of the Christmas holiday to her children. As a part of her explanation, she told them that Christians give presents to each other at Christmas as a way of symbolizing that God the Father gave mankind the greatest gift of all in Jesus Christ. One boy in particular seemed fascinated by her words.
When Christmas day came, that boy brought the teacher a gift – an extraordinarily beautiful sea shell. She asked him, “Where did you find such a beautiful shell?” In reply, he told her that shells of that kind could only be found in one place, in a bay several miles away. She said, “But you shouldn’t have gone that far just to get a gift for me.” He answered in his broken English, “Long walk part of gift.”
I can’t read that illustration and not think of how Jesus left the glorious splendor of heaven and His throne at the right hand of God the Father to descend down into time, history, and the human race and have an animal’s feeding trough as his first crib. As 2 Corinthians 8:9 puts it:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
You see, Jesus was the “gift” in those famous words: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). I suppose then we might loosely say of Him, “Long walk part of gift.”