by Ernest Easley

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The Preeminent Gift of Christmas (2 of 2)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Colossians 1:15-22
December 25, 2011

I don't know of a better day to be with the people of God, praising God, than on Christmas Day: celebrating the birth of Jesus. And as we celebrate His birth .. take your Bible and turn with me to Colossians 1.
I remember when I was a child, I had a hard time getting to sleep on Christmas Eve knowing that You Know Who was coming to town the next morning! Now I enjoyed Christmas Eve because that's when our family exchanged gifts that Mother had bought for everyone.
And I do mean my Mother. She did the shopping. She did the selecting. She did the wrapping and my Father did the funding. I have tried over the years to follow in my father's footsteps.
Now as fun as Christmas Eve was to us opening several gifts … Christmas Day was even better. My parents would save the best for last. However good the gifts were on Christmas Eve .. my sister and I knew that the best gift .. the most expensive gift .. the number one gift .. the preeminent gift was reserved for Christmas Day.
Well .. when it came to that first Christmas Day so long ago .. God gave His best gift .. His preeminent gift to mankind and it's that preeminent gift that I want to talk to you about for a few minutes on this Christmas Day from Colossians 1.
So with your Bible opened to Colossians 1 .. let's unwrap God's preeminent gift that He gave to all mankind.
The Preeminent Gift of Christmas
Colossians 1.13-22
"13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. ?15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is be ...

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