One of my most memorable Christmas gifts was back in 1982 when I was just 11-years-old. I had asked my parents for a puppy.
On Christmas morning, my sisters and I woke my parents early to open our presents. As we gathered around the tree to begin devouring into them, I heard a funny noise outside our front door. I stood and excitedly exclaimed, “YOU GOT US A PUPPY!!!!!“ I proceeded to run to the door, fling it open, screamed, slammed the door shut, and yelled, “It’s a BIG BIRD!!!”
There on our front porch was not a cute puppy at all, but a big fat turkey in a cage with a red bow on top of it. Turns out a man that worked with my dad got it for our family for Christmas.
I have to admit I was disappointed in the fat turkey instead of the cute puppy, but it did make for lots of laughs and good memories.
Now that I am an adult I have found that I love to surprise people and do things similar to what that man did for us.
Giving and receiving gifts makes me think of the one gift that each of us has in common. We have all been given this gift but maybe we all haven’t received it.
Over 2000 years ago God sent Jesus, His son, to our earth as a baby. He came with a purpose and the angels who proclaimed His birth that night to the shepherds knew what the purpose was. They exclaimed “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests,“ Luke 2:14. They weren’t saying that we would have peace on our earth with man. After all Jesus himself said, “I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household”, Matthew 10:35-36. The angels instead were exclaiming that there was now peace on earth between God and man. The angels knew that Jesus was sent to earth with a mission. That mission was to save the lost. Sin, which we have all committed, needed paid for and we are not able to pay for our own. God loved us so much that he gave His only Son, the one who was without sin, to pay that price for each one of us. The good news is whoever believes on Him will have eternal life and be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17)
Jesus is the greatest gift the world will ever know. However, the only possible way to receive that gift of eternal life is by believing that Jesus was truly the Son of God, lived, died, and rose again. You must accept this FREE gift from God in order to receive it.
That brings me to the best possible gift we can ever give. No gift will ever be treasured more than this one. No gift will ever be more deserved more than this one. The best gift that can ever be given is the gift of you to Jesus. He will treasure you above all else. Never will you feel so loved and accepted, as you will with Him. He says to you, “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself”, Jeremiah 31:3.
Why not give the gift of you to Jesus this Christmas? All of you – your heart, your soul, your dreams, your failures, your life …. He’s waiting and yearning to receive you.
** If you would like to receive this gift of Jesus, please talk to a trusted Christian friend of Pastor OR contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be honored to pray with you and rejoice with you.
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