The Gift of God
We give gifts at Christmas time because it was started by God Himself when He first Gave His only Son to us which started Christmas
Today I would like to continue that tradition and give a gift to one of our college students!
Call up Jennifer Spuler
Interview her for a second.
Chose one of two packages!
Illustration of two packages.
• One package has $20 cash in it!
• Second Package has a full paid scholarship to College of choice for 4 years.
Why did you chose that one?
God has given us His gift which is Jesus Christ!
I. You cannot tell the value of a gift by its wrapping!
You can never really tell the value of a package by its cover.
We tend so much to place the value of a gift upon the wrapping or size.
Isaiah said of Christ God's gift:
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(NIV)
II. True value is determined by Need!
To someone else a full paid scholarship would not be valued because it would not be needed.
The religious people of that day did not realize that they needed salvation!
Look at Isaiah's description of His anointing and Jesus acceptance of it in Luke's gospel.
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.(KJV)
Jesus was breaking all their rules to reach out to sinners.
He responded to the criticism of the religious ones by saying in:
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