by John Barnett

Christmas: God Gave the Greatest gift of All (Forgiveness)
Series: Have you opened your present?
John Barnett
John 3:16

Jesus is the greatest person who has ever lived; each year we celebrate His Birth as the coming of our salvation.

Salvation is the greatest gift of all.
Salvation is the only gift that everyone really needs.
Salvation is presented to us as the ultimate Christmas gift in what is perhaps the best known verse of the Bible. Why not say that verse with me, it is John 3:16.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

JOHN 3:16

During World War I the newspapers ran the story of a letter found in the pocket of a soldier who had been killed in action. As his pockets were emptied and mailed to his mother, these words were found by her written on the back of a letter:

"The Greatest Verse in the Bible"

For God--the Greatest Lover
So loved--the Greatest Love
The World--the Greatest company
That He gave--the Greatest Event (which is Christmas)
His only begotten Son--the Greatest Gift
That whosoever--the Greatest Offer
Believeth in Him--the Greatest Simplicity
Should not Perish--the Greatest Security
But Have Everlasting Life--the Greatest Possession

This Christmas do you have that greatest security? Do you know that you have received the greatest possession of all--Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

Sometimes Christmas is especially hard for those who compare what they want with what others get. But the good news is that as a Christian, God has given us everything in Christ.

All we have to do is unwrap and experience all that He has given to us.


All of us who are saved, born again, and believers in Jesus Christ this morning have received a gift--the greatest gift. But the question we need to answer this morning is have you opened that gift. Salvation has many wonderful elements ...

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