Gifts From Jesus
Tonight we are celebrating the birth of Jesus
It wasn't just an ordinary birth, because Jesus wasn't an ordinary baby.
His birth was the incarnation of God, meaning that God put on flesh and lived among us. That's what the name ''Immanuel'' means: ''God with us.''
In one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith, Jesus was God in the flesh. Jesus has always been. He was there at Creation
That's what the apostle John was communicating when he wrote the following:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3
Then later in verse 14, John writes this:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
So, I want to share with you 4 gifts that Jesus wants to give YOU tonight.
And when you receive a gift of some kind, aren't you MORE appreciative of it if someone went to a lot of time and trouble to get, or to MAKE, a gift?
See, these gifts that Jesus gives came with a great deal of sacrifice, as we'll see.
What is the first gift, and what did it cost Jesus? JESUS BECAME FLESH THAT WE MIGHT KNOW GOD
How do we know that? Because in verse 18, John writes this:
No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart; he has told us about him. John 1:18
Many people want to know what God is like.
The bible says that if you want to know what God is, look at Jesus.
The apostle Paul said that Jesus was the ''image of the invisible God.'' So, Jesus was born so that we might know God.
What is another gift and the sacrifice made that we might receive it?
JESUS BECAME POOR THAT WE MIGHT BECOME RIGH
Look what the apostle Paul said about Jesus:
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