I have a special post I would like to add today. We have a newsletter in our church, and our Pastor writes a message each time. This message is on “The Greatest Gift Ever Given” and I would like to share it with you. It is written by Pastor Lee Call, from Faith Baptist Church, in Warrensburg, NY.
“THE GREATEST GIFT EVER GIVEN”
For years we have been seeing our world become more and more secular to the point political correctness has taken over common sense and basic reality. Stores that once used to decorate and play Christmas music now only promote holiday music which to be politically correct will not include carols of our faith. Manger scenes are not politically correct. Christmas trees are holiday trees, merry Christmas has become happy holidays, Santa is the symbol of the season, not Jesus’ birth and on and on we go as our world continues to shun its creator and only Savior.
To those of us, who know the truth (The Savior), we know Christmas to us will always be a special time of year as we take time to remember our Savior’s birth. Indeed, He is the greatest gift we could ever receive and we should be ever grateful for this precious gift that God has given. It was the most unique and greatest gift ever given. As we are reminded in John 3:16 God gave us this special gift because He so loved us. (For GOD SO LOVED the world, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.)
The Bible uses the word give some 880 times. As Christmas draws near many people in our nation think of receiving gifts. Stores often make the bulk of their sales at Christmas time. Many people are caught up in buying and giving beyond their means. Often gifts are given more to impress than meet any real practical purpose. When I was a young boy I remember going back to school after the Christmas vacation and often the first words out of some of the fellow students was, “What did you get for Christmas?” For many it was an opportunity for them to brag about their gifts and try and say that they got something bigger, better and more expensive than anyone else.
Today, many adults merely see Christmas time from a material point of view in terms of giving and getting. Many never really think of Christ and the one central person of Christmas. The world, of course is happy with this secular humanistic attitude as great efforts are made to exclude any public awareness of Christmas as a Christian holiday.
If someone asked you to think back over the years and think of the best gift you ever received in your life, what would your answer be? For some the answer would be based purely on a materialistic value. Gifts can be useful and probably the best gifts are those that remain useful long after they have been unwrapped.
In thinking about God’s precious gift to us, the gift of His Only Son, we can say it really is the perfect gift.
FIRST AND FOREMOST Christ was born because “GOD SO LOVED”. God’s perfect love was the sole motivation factor that motivated Him to send His Son to be born of a Virgin. Love is always behind the best gifts. When we give to others because we love them it makes the gift more precious. It reminds them of us. Indeed, Christ reminds us of the Father’s love.
SECONDLY we can say that receiving the Gift of God’s Love, our Savior, is a PRACTICAL GIFT. Practical gifts meet specific needs and have usefulness. Think of Jesus. He alone meets the very real need every human being has. That is, we need cleansing and forgiveness of our sins. We know the truth is that all have sinned and all are under condemnation because we are born with a sinful nature. We know this is true. Man can’t stand before God and say”It was Adams fault”. There is no one to pass the buck to. We are personally accountable to a righteous God. We can’t play the “I am only a victim” game with God.
Jesus meets this most basic human need we have. When we receive Christ as our Savior our sins are cleansed. We can read, John’s Gospel and his epistles and we can read the book of Romans or Hebrews or just plain read the Bible and we learn what God has done for us through His Son.
This gift is practical because once we are born again we realize God gives us His Word which gives us practical counsel on how to grow, live and serve. We know we have all that we need in Christ, just as Peter stated in the opening of his second epistle as he gives thanks for his salvation in Christ…According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3
THIS GIFT IS PRECIOUS. In Christ alone do we have forgiveness of sin. To know Him is to have and assurance of a place in Heaven forever. Only Christ saves and as He said…In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:2-3) Nothing this world or anyone in it can give to us that can match this.
LASTLY IT IS ETERNAL. It is the precious gift that endures all time and all ages for it is the only gift we can receive that will endure through all eternity. Think of this one gift, the gift of the Father to us, His Only begotten Son, Jesus, is the one gift that meets every need we can think of and to top it off we have eternity to be with Him. WHAT A GIFT For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT OF GOD: (Ephesians 2:8) It lasts forever.
One last thought is that WE CAN SHARE THIS GIFT WITH OTHERS AND STILL ALWAYS HAVE IT OUR SELVES. This gift has so many benefits and blessings for all who receive Him. Jesus, indeed, is the greatest gift we humans could ever receive. God has given us the privilege of sharing the good news with others. He wants us to tell the lost that His Gift of Love, His Son, Jesus Christ, died for them too. He wants others to receive this precious gift which alone can set men free from the bondage of sin and condemnation and cleanse their sins and give them eternal life.
Christmas is indeed the reminder to us of God’s great love to us. Jesus loves us perfectly. Let us keep Christ at the center of our home this year and always. Let us remember that He is the one gift that can transform our lives and give meaning to all we do (Romans 12:2) (! Corinthians 15:57)
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Pastor Lee Call
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Do you know This Great Gift?