Gift Exchange

“For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest gift ever given (Jesus)!  God wrapped Jesus up in swaddling clothes and presented Him to the world.  Like any gift you must chose to receive the gift or reject it.  Sadly, much of the world rejects this gift-“He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.”  But for those of us who have received and who will receive this gift (Jesus) by faith then we celebrate that “…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

This greatest gift (Jesus) was given out of love,“For God so loved the world…”  This gift was not given because we deserved it, in fact,we all deserve hell because of our wickedness. “But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  So, love is the box this gift (Jesus) is placed in and grace and mercy are the wrapping paper and bow of this gift (Jesus).  Grace is giving us what we don’t deserve and mercy is not giving us what we deserve.

The Wise Men gave gifts back to Jesus.  Gifts worthy to be given to a king, the King of Kings.  During Christmas reflect on what you are giving back to Jesus.  Our worship, our tithing, our service, our obedience, our praise, our devotion, our love, etc. are all gifts we can give back to Jesus.  Are they worthy gifts to be given to a king, the King of Kings?  “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.”  David would not receive the threshing floor and oxen to sacrifice to the Lord for nothing, he knew it should cost him something.  Does the gifts you present to Jesus cost you anything?

Most of us exchange gifts at Christmas.  Either with a friend or with family, you will give a gift and then receive a gift in return.  Consider this same concept with the gospel.  For those of us who are followers of Jesus, we have received the greatest gift (Jesus).  Now Jesus asks us to give this gift to someone else.  It is very Biblical to re-gift the gospel.  You have received it now give it to someone else during this Christmas season.  When you share the gospel with someone else, you are giving them the greatest gift you could ever give.  Consider picking up some of the gospel tracts we have available at the church and putting them with each present you give this year.  Consider praying for each person you will give a gift.  Consider inviting family and friends to our Christmas Eve-Eve service on December 23rd at 6:30pm or to our Christmas Service on December 25th at 10am.  Consider giving a gift (Jesus) that will last for eternity and is always the right size!

Life is a journey, learn on the way!

‘Till next time, stay in the Scripture!

Pastor Jon

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