“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (Jn.3:16)
“For unto you is born this day in the city David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11)
The Christmas season is here, everyones mind is turned toward giving and receiving gifts. What is the greatest gift you have ever received? The Bible tells us how the Queen of Sheba gave King Solomon over six million dollars worth of gold, plus many precious stones, sheep, and cattle (1 Kings 10). That was awesome gift. But, there is another gift that we are told about in the Bible that is much better than all this. It is the giving of an only son to be abused and eventually crucified on a cross in order that the world might be saved. The name of this gift is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
THE CAUSE OF THE GIFT
“For God so loved.” It was the love of God that moved Him to sacrifice His only Son for sinful mankind. It is inexplainable how that a holy God could so love sinful creatures that He would sacrifice His only Son to pay for our sins in order that we would be saved, but He did! He did this for you, He did this for me. Jesus Is your gift from God. Have you received your gift? If not, do it now.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF REFUSING THE GIFT
John 3:18 tells us, “He that believes not is condemned already.” It is humiliating to offer someone a gift and have them reject the gift. This Is what happens when people neglect, ignore, or reject Jesus Christ for their salvation. What a tragedy that anyone would reject the greatest gift ever given. If you have never received God s gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, do so now. If you have received Jesus as your Saviour, rejoice in Him and tell someone else about God s great gift.
THE CONQUEST OF BELIEVERS
Sin entered the human bloodstream through Adam and Eve. Death entered through sin, and “so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom. 5:12). The only way that sin and death can be conquered is by the sinless blood of Jesus, Gods Son. He Is Gods sin offerIng for you and me. Sin cannot reign over those who are in Jesus.
Christmas is the greatest holiday of the whole year. It is a time of giving gifts. It is a time when we show our love for one another. Children give to their parents, husbands to their wives, and wives to their husbands. What started all this giving and festivity? Well, it all started with God. The first Christmas gift came from heaven. As I said earlier It came from God. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).
JESUS WAS A PREPARED GIFT
Our great God and our Heavenly Father, who has always known everything, prepared His Son, Jesus, before the foundation of the world. When Adam and Eve fell, it did not catch God off guard. God was ready for what happened. The sacrifice for sin was prepared and ready. As Abraham told Isaac, “God will provide Himself a lamb” (Gen. 22:8). It was God, the Son, given by God, the Father, conceived by God, the Holy Ghost, who was delivered to the world as a free gift.
JESUS WAS A PERSONAL GIFT
Gods Christmas gift Is perfectly fitted for everyone. This gift was to the whole world. No one who ever receives Jesus will ever say He doesnt fit or will ever seek to exchange Him for someone or something else. He is perfectly designed to meet every need of everyone in the whole world. Even though Gods Christmas gift is to all the world, He is also a personal gift to every individual member of the human race
JESUS WAS A PERFECT GIFT
Jesus is absolutely perfect in every respect. He was perfect in His pre-incarnate state, before He ever took on a body. He was perfect in His virgin birth. He was perfect in His sinless life. He was perfect in His atoning death at Calvary. He was perfect In His resurrection. He is now perfect in intercession for us in heaven, and He will be perfect in His second coming for us in the rapture and in ruling this earth in His righteousness forevermore. Thank God for this perfect, unspeakable gift.