Ever read the little card on your birthday or Christmas gift, it is addressed to you with love from someone. Essentially you are given the gift because the giver treasure you in their lives and a gift you give exemplifies your love or intent for a person. When we give we give from our hearts, we do not hold back, we reveal our love for the ones we love. In other words a heart felt aspiration to show the evidence of your love.
Many a times during Christmas we are so excited, not about the fact that we will receive physical goods, but rather we are anxious to see how others feel about us. Sometimes we put allot of effort into our giving and we are extremely selective in what we give.
A Gift is given on the terms that it is meant to be received, a gift not received is no gift at all. I wish I could put to words the love and intent God has for this generation. If only you could grasp for one second what Jesus’s earth sending and crucifix means to us.
God selected Jesus, He addressed His only begotten Son to you and me, put him on a cross and offered him up for us. If you need evidence of God’s love for you, look at the work on the cross, this is proof sufficient. Love is not love without tangibility, in essence we are extremely observing in behaviour in others. And typically we get a message of love and how they feel about us.
Jesus stretched one arm to the left and one to the right, thought about you, then opened His palms to the falling hammer, there he was nailed to a cross for you. God is still giving today, and He wants to give you life eternally…
Jesus was one of the most controversial persons in His time. In so much that they sought to kill Him. It was very unlikely for the religious system of the hour to recognize that this is indeed the long awaited Messiah. They expected Him to appear in a completely different kind of form and fashion. But He came as a babe, to secure our place in the life here after. He came screaming into this World and left screaming, paying a very real price for you and me.
Without the ultimate Gift on the Cross, you and I will not taste true Life. Are we part of some religion…no! We have recognized the reality that we need a savior. He came in a means and form as unlikely as it may seem, a babe in a manger, in the most humble of settings, a stable.
He is still very much alive and well. He gave His absolute utmost for a fallen world, and expects the same in turn. He wants to complete the work in you He came to start in the first place and that is saving you friend from eternal separation from God.
If I had to put a gift in front of you today and say, under that wrapping is Life, Joy, a life of purpose and Blessing. You would not even think twice before opening it. Why is then so hard for so many to say yes to Jesus Christ.
If you want to open that gift today…please pray this prayer with me: Lord Jesus, I love you, I accept the gift on the cross, please forgive me of my sin and come and live through me….in your holy name…amen.