Have you ever received a gift that disappointed you just a little bit? I mean, you really wanted something for Christmas. You dropped hints. You dreamed about how great Christmas Day would be when you found that special gift under the tree. But instead you got a different gift...not exactly what you were expecting. Only later did you realize that the gift that had, at first disappointed, was truly the gift that you needed. At the time of Christ, most of His people were looking for a Messiah. That is, they were looking for someone to free them from Roman rule. The were looking for a military/political leader to establish a new kingdom here on earth. Instead, God sent a carpenter...the gift that we truly needed. God sent the one that could free their souls for eternity and give the gift of eternal life. It is a gift that is still available to those who will receive it and it is still the gift that we all truly need.