What is the greatest gift you can receive this Christmas?
All of the gifts under the Christmas tree will at some point in time break or wear out. The gifts are temporal. Some gifts are given as a symbol of God’s redeeming love expressed to the world through sending Jesus to the earth as a sin offering. Jesus is the eternal gift which lasts forever. We celebrate his birth and the gift of HIS life, death and resurrection during this Christmas season. There are those who spend hours to find the perfect gift to meet a want or desire in a loved one’s life. Christmas is a time of giving. It is also a time of receiving.
There is only one perfect gift to receive at Christmas. The gift of the assurance of eternal life is the greatest gift to receive. Christmas is a great time to point people to the PERFECT GIFT. This gift is given by God through HIS only son Jesus Christ for the redemption of sin for all mankind. This gift has to be asked for to be received. It is totally available all year long 24/7. However, during the Christmas season, hearts and minds are often softened with the message of Christmas. Many times it is through the problems, circumstances and difficulties of life in which people fall to their knees to ask for and receive the Christmas Gift of the forgiveness of sin through sincere repentance of their sin.
Jesus Christ is standing and knocking at the door to your heart. The door has to be opened by you to receive the PERFECT GIFT. The gift has to be wanted to be received. You have to unwrap the gift of hope, peace, joy, freedom from sin, forgiveness of sin and assurance of salvation. If you will seek ME, you will find ME, when you seek ME with ALL of your heart.
What does it mean to be born again? Is this some kind of emotional experience? No, the Bible teaches that being born again means your life is changed. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we read, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The Bible also tells us what changes will take place in your life when you are born again. Your desire for God’s word increases. Your desire to seek righteousness increases. Your desire to love and forgive others will increase. Your desire for temporal will decrease and the desire for eternal will increase.
God has known you from the beginning of creation. You are wonderfully made. He knows the hairs on your head. HE knows everything about you. HE knows your birth date. HE knows your born-again birth date. You were created by God as an eternal being. Sin and death came into the world through Adam and Eve. Jesus the eternal Christmas gift came to redeem man from sin and death. Jesus overcame death. HE lives in you through the asking and receiving of the Power of HIS SPIRIT. Your assurance of eternal life rests in the promises of God through Jesus Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. Your redeemed changed life is the evidence of the working out of your salvation.
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