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BEHOLD THE GIFT
With the Christmas season upon us, one cannot help but take note of the season of gift-giving. The packages with sparkle, ribbons, and bows make the presents even more eye appealing. Then, you see that most special-looking gift and are excited to see the tag with your name neatly written on it. Whether you are one to tear into the package with speed, intensity, and aggression or you are one to carefully remove the bow, untie the ribbon, and unwrap the paper to save it for years to come, the excitement of what is inside is overwhelming.
We have heard the saying that big things come in small packages. We can take that further and say that the best gift of all did not come with sparkles, ribbons, and bows. Rather, it came wrapped in swaddling clothes and was found in a manager. There is more to think about than just the packaging.
Who Gave the Gift? This precious gift was given by a loving Father who gave His only Son. Through Christ's sacrifice, this Gift provides the only way to an eternity spent with Him in Heaven.
Who Was the Gift For? This unique gift was given to all of mankind so we could come to know Him as our personal Savior. It was not for someone else. It was for each soul who would call upon His name.
Why Was the Gift Given? This Gift-Giver loved the whole world so much that He gave his only begotten son. His Son is the only way for mankind to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. He doesn’t ask for anything in return, except to believe, trust, and follow Him.
So, this Christmas when you are opening presents, stop and think about the one who gave the gifts to you and why they gave it. Take time to think about the love and thought that was put into each one. When you are surveying all the gifts that you have received, ask yourself… Have I received the most precious gift of all: The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? When you receive a Christmas present, it is not yours until you take it. Likewise, salvation through Jesus Christ is a gift that God has made available, but until you accept it, it is not yours. BEHOLD THE GIFT.