Series: The Gift
Christmas is the heavyweight champion of holidays because it is about the birth of Jesus, which leads to his death, which leads to His resurrection as an opportunity for us to have eternal life with God.
When you’re a child, Christmas is all about what you want and what you receive. When you are older, your focus begins to shift as you consider what I’m going to give and what would bless the people that you love. Today’s message is about God as the ultimate Christmas Giver.
When we think of Christmas, we imagine trees, lights, mistletoe, snow, and gifts, but it’s very different for God. To Him, Christmas is not a one-day thing, but a 365-day thing. It is about His giving of the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ to us.
To God, Christmas is:
1. An opportunity for a second chance.
Christmas is an opportunity for us to be reconciled to God and to have a relationship with Him.
After the first sin in Genesis, the rest of the Bible is the story of God reconciling us to Himself. God created us to be relational beings, but when we sinned, our perfect relationship with God was broken, as were our relationships with other people.
God sent His Son Jesus to restore this brokenness. His death pays for our sin and reestablishes a holy relationship with God. Then can we reestablish our relationships with people. Even if there are relationships you have not been able to fix, God can come in supernaturally and fix them.
2. An example of self-sacrifice.
When God gave His only Son to us, he was modeling to us how to give.
Jesus was all alone on the cross, with the sin of the whole world laid upon Him. He was crucified as a criminal and buried in the tomb without honor.
Jesus didn’t come as a king to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom. So let’s receive our gifts the way God intended.
Salvation is always relevant. Not only did this gift cost Him everything, it never ...
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