TITLE: Christmas IS A Gift
DATE: December 7, 2019
Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed.
TEXT: Romans 6:23 ESV - 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Since we are in the first week of Advent, I thought it appropriate to ask, “What is Christmas?”
It's that time of year again and the same old problem tops the Christmas lists: What do you get someone who already has everything?
Not so long ago I came across a magazine which made a few suggestions. High on their list for you to give to the individual who has everything was
Now I could be wrong, but I’m willing to go out on the limb and bet I will get very few phone calls from our Daily Devotiouners asking, “Where can I put a bid in on the Spanish mansion?” I’m pretty confident most of us won’t see these gifts wrapped up under our Christmas tree on December 25th.
Of course our wherewithal doesn't stop us from dreaming when this time of year rolls around.
What is Christmas?
If you said Christmas was a time for gifts and for giving you would be pretty close to right.
Christmas is a time of gifts. After all, there was a gift for each of us in that Bethlehem stable 2,000 years ago. The gift was not mass-produced. It was one of a kind
It was not cheap, indeed, it was most costly.
Still it was a gift which wasn’t withheld from anyone. True, over the centuries there are those who have left their gift unclaimed and unopened.
I pray you are among those who have received the Gift which was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. It is my hope that you have looked into that feeding trough and with eyes of faith been able to look past the straw and not seen just a Baby, but your Savior from sin.
It is my prayer you have read the card which comes with the Gift.
If not, let me read it to you. In the heavenly Father’s handwriting it says:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
THE PRAYER: Lord many gifts wear out; same we grow out of. May I always be faithful and never outgrow my Savior. In His Name I gratefully pray. Amen.
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html