Summary: This sermon is a celebration of Christmas and the beutiful gift God has given through His son Jesus Christ.
The Greatest Gift at Christmas
This is one of the more wonderful times of the year. Christmas is only two days away and many are waiting with anticipation to see what gifts we will get. Many are wrapped in beautiful wrapping paper, and then decorated with bows, and tensile, 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 wrapping paper. 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.
READ Luke 2:1-20
First, I want us all to see that on that day, when baby Jesus came, he gave us all…
I. An Instant Gift (vv. 6-7)
a. 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.
b. Matthew 1:21-23 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
i. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
ii. Isaiah 7:14 says, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means, “God with us.”
c. It is an instant gift that God promises to all who would ask for it…
d. John 1:12 says, “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…
II. Takes a Lifetime to Unwrap
a. When Jesus was born that day in Bethlehem, it was just the beginning of the gift unwrapping.
b. See, he came wrapped in swaddling clothes…a gift for us all to unwrap
c. And not just once, but everyday of our lives on this earth.
d. Everyday I wake up, I get to unwrap another part of the gift of eternal life that God has prepared for me.
e. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
f. 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.
g. The gifts like peace, joy, love, faith, kindness, gentleness, meekness, understanding, application, revelation, tribulation, and on and on.
h. Paul knew this fit would take a lifetime to unwrap that’s why he said in Philippians 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.”
i. 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.
It was not a cheap gift, but it was a gift that was of…
III. An Enormous Value
a. 1 Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.
b. Who can begin to put a price on the gift that God has given us through His son Jesus?
i. The Shepherds realized what an enormous gift they had been given
ii. V. 20, The Shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told.
iii. The wise men understood as they tried to bring gifts to present to a King, but they knew that His life was worth much more than gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but this is all they could come up with.
c. What gift can compare to never dying, never suffering, crying, feeling pain, but to live eternally in a place called paradise? It is indescribable at best.
d. And it is of enormous value…It was the greatest gift ever given…and cost more than anything ever could and yet, it was given to each and everyone of us FREELY…it cost us nothing.
Many times when we get things that are precious to us…that are of enormous value, we want to keep it for ourselves. But that’s not what Jesus wants us to do…He doesn’t want us to keep it, but He wants us to…