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Summary: Looks at the real gift of Christmas and how wonderful it is to unwrap it every day of our lives.

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THE GIFT THAT TAKES A LIFETIME TO UNWRAP

Luke 2:1-20

INTRODUCTION

This is one of the most wonderful times of the year…today it’s Christmas Eve and many are waiting with anticipation to see what gifts we get

Many are wrapped in beautiful wrapping paper, and then decorated with bows, and tensil, and pretty ribbons

And the sad part is, there almost seems like a let down after you have unwrapped all of your gifts

Not because you didn’t get what you wanted…but there is something magical about unwrapping those gifts in anticipation and excitement as to what lies beneath the bow

And probably most of us…if I were to ask…couldn’t remember what they got for Christmas last year…what gifts they unwrapped

But I want all of us to know that there is a gift that we can unwrap everyday of our lives

It is THE GIFT THAT TAKES A LIFETIME TO UNWRAP…and I want us to look at that gift this morning as we are on the doorstep of the celebration of Christmas

Turn to Luke 2:1-20 (Read) / Pray

First, I want us all to see that on that day…when baby Jesus came…He gave us all…

1. AN INSTANT GIFT

Vs. 6-7 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.

Because of the birth of this baby…because of the life that now existed in Him…we all instantly received the gift of life…to never have to die again

Matt 1:21-23 says She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us." (Isa 7:14)

It is an instant gift that God promises to all who would ask for it…

John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

Not only was this gift an instant gift…but it was a wrapped gift that…

2. TAKES A LIFETIME TO UNWRAP

When Jesus was born that day in Bethlehem, it was just the beginning of the gift unwrapping

See, he came wrapped in swaddling clothes…a gift for us all to unwrap

And not just once, but everyday of our lives on this earth

Everyday I wake up, I get to unwrap another part of the gift of eternal life that God has prepared for me

1 Cor 2:9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"

Just when I think I have unwrapped all I can…like the last present on Christmas…God blows me away…and allows me to unwrap a little more of His wonderful salvation

The gifts like peace, joy, love, faith, kindness, gentleness, meekness, understanding, application, revelation, tribulation, and on and on

Paul knew this gift would take a lifetime to unwrap that’s why he said in Phil 2:12

Phil 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

He is not saying that salvation requires work…He is saying that there is so much of God’s salvation to unwrap…you will have to work at it…taking a lifetime to unwrap


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Don Baggett

commented on Dec 13, 2007

Enjoyed reading your sermon. I especially like the idea of taking a life time to unwrap God's gift, and that we not only get to keep it, we get to give it away. Thanks for sharing it.

Carl Allen

commented on Dec 18, 2007

Brother Bagget, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your sermon today. It gave me a fresh new look of how to present Christmas to others. Thank you and I pray that God continues to use you to do great things.

Randy Hamel

commented on Dec 20, 2012

this was very well done. God bless you brother.

Jannette Davies

commented on Dec 14, 2014

I love this sermon. It reminds me of the song,"Because He lives I can face tomorrow.....Life is worth a living just because he lives"

Jimmy Dillon

commented on May 4, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Blessings to you.

Joan Gaston

commented on Dec 9, 2016

Love the title so refreshing, exciting about preaching this Sunday because of this message, thanks

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