Receiving the Gift

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)

Merry Christmas!

May you and your family have the most wonderful Christmas ever. May you share the love, joy and peace that come from our Father in heaven. May the gift of Christmas be realized in you.

I wanted to write a brief message this Christmas and share the love of God with each of you.

Christmas has become the season for giving and receiving gifts. It is a time when we head to shopping malls, boutiques and lately the internet in search of presents for the people we love and care about. We make lists, we try to keep a budget but we truly love to give things to the special people in our lives. It is a wonderful feeling to bless someone by giving them something and Christmas seems to be the time we do it the most.

God the Father is not Santa Claus and the angels of heaven are definitely not toy making elves but the New Testament is all about giving and gifts.

God on Christmas is both Giver and Gift. He gave Himself to us and for us because our sin required nothing less and His love could give nothing more. The Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest gift ever given and the really good news is that His gift is for each and every one of us.

I pulled a few scriptures that speak of God’s gift to us and wanted to share them with you this Christmas:

However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” (Ephesians 4:7-8)

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” (Acts 2:38-39)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8)

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10)

We see the gift of grace, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the gift of salvation. These are the gifts laid under humanity’s Christmas tree by our Father in heaven. They are there for us to unwrap and embrace freely.

Receiving God’s gift is the most important thing any of us can ever do. Sharing God’s gift is the most important thing we have been called to do. I pray that this Christmas finds you in possession of God’s great gift.

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