1. This morning I want to take just a few minutes to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Let me just say at the outset; Christmas, for the Christian, brings with it much more than lights and decorations. Christmas for us is a reminder of God's greatest gift to mankind--the gift of His Son.
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.
ILLUS: In O. Henry's short story, The Gift of the Magi, we have the gripping narrative of a young couple at Christmas time. Their love for each other was expressed with each one trying to give the finest gift to the other. They had very little money, so the wife, not telling her husband, decided to sell her beautiful hair in order to buy a watch chain for him. He possessed a valued pocket watch, but it had no chain.
Her husband's watch was a family treasure that had been passed down from one generation to the next. He had planned to one day pass the watch on to his son. It was his most prized possession. But with little money to buy his wife a present, he made the decision to sell the watch so that he could buy her a beautiful set of combs to adorn her lovely hair.
As the gifts were exchanged, a look of surprise came over both of them. They realized that each had given their most prized possession in order express their love for one another. They embraced, laughing and crying. What a beautiful story of love and sacrifice.1
I am reminded of another love story. The love God had for us, expressed in the gift of His Son. God made the supreme sacrifice in giving up the most precious thing to Him--His only begotten Son. With that gift, God demonstrated His love toward man: The Apostle John wrote, ''Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us'' (1 John 3:16a).
2. As we reflect on Christmas this morning, let's ...
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