Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It is a time when it seems that the entire would is transformed, as people consider what happened on that first Christmas night.
It is the time when families gather together. It is the time when we stop and reflect upon all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. It is a time when we remember that greatest blessing of all, that God, in person of the Lord Jesus Christ, transcended time and space and came into this world to be our Saviour.
The boys and girls are all excited. The mothers and dads are busily getting everything ready. The tree is trimmed and the stockings are hanging over the mantle.
One of the most enjoyable parts of Christmas is the giving and receiving of gifts. People must enjoy giving gifts or they wouldn't brave the crowds and the traffic and stand in long lines in order to buy gifts for one another.
I want to share with you this morning God's Christmas gift to you. What a shame it would be if you left unwrapped and unreceived that wonderful gift that God has for each and every person.
The Bible says in John 3:16 -- "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."
Wrapped up in this one verse is the whole story of Christmas. Someone has said that if every other passage in the Bible were thrown away and only John 3:16 were left, there would still be enough simple gospel to save the whole world.
There's enough truth in this verse to fill a thousand sermons. This is surely the greatest verse ever penned. All the great writings of the poets and the sages of all the world fall short of that one sentence.
This verse has been called the gospel in a nutshell. It is and has been called the world's greatest love story. It has been called the gospel of Christ in one sentence, but at Christmas, I call it God's Christmas gift to you.
God (the greatest being) so loved (the greatest emotion) the world (the greatest number of people) that He gave (the greatest sacrifice) His only begotten Son (the greatest possession) that whosoever (the greatest invitation) believeth in Him (the greatest plan of salvation) should not perish (the greatest condemnation) but have everlasting life. (the greatest possession).
It may be that some of you who are watching this on television are unwrapping Christmas presents right now. What a shame it would be if you did not unwrap God's Christmas gift. What is that gift? You know what it is. God's gift is eternal life through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, I want you to notice several things about God's Christmas gift to you.
I. THE CAUSE
I want you to notice the cause of this gift. The Bible says that God so love the world that He gave. You know, sometimes we give different reasons. Sometimes we give for appearance sake. Sometimes we give to one person becaus ...
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