CHRISTMAS IS FOR PRESENCE
LUKE 1: 26 - 31
JESUS CHRIST was spoken of by Paul when he wrote: "Thanks be
unto God for His unspeakable gift..." (II Cor. 9:15).
The gift is indescribable, inexpressible, marvelous, and
wonderful. It is Jesus Christ.
A gift is an expression of the giver's heart. The recipient gets
it but not because it is earned, merited, or deserved. It is
simply an expression of the loving heart of the giver.
The gift is Jesus. His name evidences the scope of the gift.
Jesus means "Jehovah is salvation." Thus, in the end, the gift
Suppose God had said you can purchase your salvation. That would
have left out millions who are too poor to buy their salvation.
Suppose He had said be good enough or do good enough deeds and
you can merit your salvation. Who could have done that much good
or behaved that well.
Suppose He had said if you will be sufficient penance, or suffer
enough, you can deserve your salvation. Some having a clouded
understanding of just how far their sins had separated them from
God might perform sufficiently.
Instead, God said, "I will give you salvation if you will
receive it as a gift."
SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR ZACHARIAS (Luke 1: 5-25)
Zacharias and his wife lived in a little hillside town near
Jerusalem where he served as a priest in the temple.
An angel appeared to him and told him his wife Elizabeth would
have a child.
Vs. 18, Zacharias' understanding of nature prompted him to doubt
and question: "How can I know this is true? I am an old man
myself, and my wife is getting on in year..."
He was so alarmed the a ...
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