Summary: There is a gift that we can share this Christmas that is greater than any other gift anyone could give, and that GIFT is the true gift of Christmas.
Ephesians 2:6-9 The Gift of Christmas #1
Well as we all know Christmas time is here on us again, and for many folks, mostly the ladies it hassles time as they are busily hurrying about trying to get their gifts bought up for all her loved ones.
It seems that the focus of Christmas has been lost amongst gifts. The joy of the season has become the joy of giving and receiving gifts to a lot of people.
Without the true meaning of Christmas it is all in vain.
There is a gift that we can share this Christmas that is greater than any other gift anyone could give, and that GIFT is the true gift of Christmas.
The gift that God gave us, the Gift of Jesus.
John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 2:6-9 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
2 Corinthians 9:15 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
I. The unspeakable gift
A. Christmas is a time of gifts. And that means Christmas is a time of shopping. Ever since the wise men from the east showed up at the stable carrying gold, frankincense, and myrrh, people have been exchanging gifts at Christmas.
Of course, it’s much more complicated today than it was for the wise men. For one thing, they didn’t have to contend with shopping malls, all packed full of shoppers running over each other.
The magi didn’t have to worry about sizes, or colors, or return policies. They had just plain old gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Well, this year, just like every year, millions of people, both children and adults, will open millions of gifts. Some won’t fit. Some will be the wrong color. Many will be returned or exchanged.
A lot of gifts that people receive just get thrown in the closet and never used and possibly may become another person’s gift next year.
· But there’s one gift that meets everyone’s need, one gift that will never wear out, never break or need repairing. A gift that is appropriate for a small child, or a teenager, or an adult, or a senior adult. Boy or girl, man or woman, it makes no difference.
The gift we all need, the most valuable gift of all, is the Lord Jesus Christ.
The one that this whole season is about. On Christmas, we celebrate the fact that God gave us the gift of His own Son, Jesus Christ, so that through faith in Him we- ----- could be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life.
This gift of Jesus is worth more than any other gift you have ever been given. It is a gift of a great price.
A gift that cost God his Son, and Jesus his Life.
It is the most important gift you will ever receive and you will cherish it forever.
Knowing Christ and what He has accomplished is worth more than anything else in God’s gift to us, His Son Jesus, is worth more than anything else we could ever possess.
Christmas is all about this gift. The Gift of Jesus. He is the Gift of Christmas.
Jesus came to seek and save those, which were lost. He came for the residue of man. Jesus came to minister to the poor, the wounded, the hurting, and the outcasts. He loves each and everyone.
Paul said in 1st tim. 1: 15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;
Jesus was not recognized for who he was because of his ministry. Most Kings cater to the rich and wealthy and influential, but Jesus was the direct opposite. Jesus came for the whosoever of the Earth.
For the woman with the issue of blood, for the crazy demoniac who lived in the tombs, for the harlots, and the lepers.
· His ministry is best described in Luke when he read from the prophecy of Isaiah in the synagogue
Luke 4:17-21 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.