‘Tis the Season’ once again, Christmas time, a time to give and receive gifts, a time to reflect back over the year and all the wonderful gifts that we have received, some of them truly priceless indeed, gifts that could never be replaced in our hearts. For me, I think for most people, those irreplaceable priceless gifts are the love of our families, the birth of our children and grandchildren, and the joy-filled time we have spent with them. If I was to ask you, what was the most precious gift you ever received; I wonder if your answer would be the same as mine. I wonder if I was to ask you what Christmas truly meant for you and your family, I wonder if your answer would be the same as mine.
Christmas had always been a very special time in my home as I was growing up, but I learned at a very early age that it was about more than gifts under the tree and an elaborate meal with all the relatives from near and far. It was a time to remember the greatest Christmas gift of all, a gift that we received from the greatest gift giver of all, Almighty God, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What was Christmas for me and my family as I was growing up, what is Christmas for me and my family today…well I like the way Frank McKibben, the author and evangelist puts it, “This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.”
Each year we are reminded that Christmas should not be just about giving and receiving presents. However, if we truly think about Christmas, it is, indeed, all about gift giving! At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ever given, by the greatest gift-giver of all, our wonderful God and Father! As the Apostle Paul wrote in his epistle to the Christians in Rome, “ 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ ( Romans 5:15-17 KJV ).”
Jesus Christ offers us the gifts of the forgiveness’ of our sins and the gift of eternal life, those gifts are free, they can’t be earned, but we do have to ask to receive them. I wonder how many of you reading this have asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and have asked Him to be your Lord and Savior, many, I hope. If you haven’t received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, I pray that you will do it now and received the greatest Christmas gift of all this Christmas, the gift of eternal life.
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