[God] did not spare his own Son,
but gave him up for us.
O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi is the love story of Jim and Della, each wanting to give the other a special Christmas gift—but they had no money.
Jim’s prized possession is a gold pocket watch; Della’s is her long hair. Della sells her locks and buys a chain for Jim’s watch; Jim sells his watch and buys a set of combs for Della’s hair.
Touching, but not the greatest love story ever told.
This is . . .
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that [we might] have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
“There is no greater love than this—that a man should lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13).
God gave up his Son—from heaven to a crib, to a cross. Jesus gave up glory for Golgotha.
You can give without loving,
but you can’t love without giving.