Summary: It is a GIFT. Given FREE for those who BELIEVE! It is ONLY by FAITH that makes us RIGHTEOUS!
When you RECEIVE a GIFT, what’s next? I mean, what are you going to do?
ILLUST: I remember the chorus of the song, “The Gift” by Collin Ray:
“All I WANT is to HOLD YOU FOREVER
All I NEED is you MORE EVERYDAY
You SAVED my HEART from being BROKEN APART
You GAVE your LOVE away and
I'm THANKFUL EVERYDAY, for the GIFT!”
I love to sing this song when I was drunk, especially when the season of Christmas is approaching. Now, I realized the REAL POINT of the song. I don’t know if the singer understood the real message of his piece. But for us, this chorus surely talks about the LOVE of God for you and me. It’s a love song, but it really pictures the LOVE of God and how we should be THANKFUL of His INDESCRIBABLE GIFT!
What more if we RECEIVE the GREATEST GIFT of ALL? It is a GIFT that the world can never provide! But before you RECEIVE this GIFT, are you WILLING to PAY the PRICE? It’s up to you! The PRICE is FREE! Absolutely, no hidden strings attached! Yes! It is PAID in FULL! Jesus PAID the PRICE!
Now, how can we RECEIVE it? Simple just BELIEVE! Yes BELIEVE the GOOD NEWS of Christ!
Listen to the GOOD NEWS so that you will BELIEVE! And you will RECEIVE the FREE GIFT of God for!
Here are the 4 top reasons why we G-I-V-E the “thanks” to God alone!
G – God GAVE HIMSELF for us!
I – “I SHOWED Myself,” declares the Lord!
V – Verified GOOD NEWS w/ Various miracles!
E – Encouraging WORD of God!
SCRIPTURE: Titus 2:11-14,
“For the GRACE of God that bringeth SALVATION hath APPEARED to ALL MEN, 12 Teaching us that, DENYING ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, RIGHTEOUS, and GODLY in this PRESENT WORLD; 13Looking for that BLESSED HOPE, and the GLORIOUS APPEARING of the GREAT God and our Savior Jesus Christ; 14Who GAVE HIMSELF for us, that he might REDEEM us from all iniquity, and PURIFY unto Himself a peculiar people, ZEALOUS of GOOD WORKS.”
I. God GAVE His ONE and ONLY SON! (vs. 14a)
John 3:16, “For God so LOVE the WORLD, that he GAVE His ONLY begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVEth in him should NOT PERISH , but have Everlasting life.”
WORLD = MANKIND/ALL HUMANITY/HUMAN RACE……. “All men!”
Romans 5:12, “As by ONE MAN SIN ENTERED into the WORLD, and death by sin; and so death PASSED UPON ALL MEN, for that ALL HAVE SINNED.”
Imagine, “FAULT of ONE, FAULT of ALL!”
ILLUST: Imagine your company, SOMEONE (only ONE) made a MISTAKE, millions of money was lost! Then here comes the OWNER, saying, “Let us deduct from your monthly wage what was lost. No more Christmas BOMUS, ALL of you!” What will be the feeling of those who were innocent? Or in your classroom. Someone’s late (only ONE)! Your teacher has a bad day. Then the teacher says, “Ok, lets have a long quiz!” What if you belong to that class and you were so early. What would be your feeling?
Back to the Scripture, in vs. 11, “GRACE of God that bringeth SALVATION hath APPEARED to ALL MEN”