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Throwback Thursday: The Gift

THE GIFT

 

And she brought forth her firstborn Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,

And laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7 (NKJV)

 

As we wrap our gifts this Christmas, focus on the gift that Mary wrapped in swaddling cloths, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true gift of salvation to all who repent (Acts 2:38). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23). This gift of eternal life is more precious than anything we can wrap in shiny silver or gold paper. It is the gift that rescues us from eternal damnation. While Jesus Christ spoke to the woman at the well, He said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

Even the faith we place in Christ and the grace by which God saves us are gifts. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8).

Salvation is so much more than eternal life in heaven. A Christian is never alone. God is always there providing for us, protecting us, and purifying us. He hears our prayers and calms our fears. His love for us is without measure.

Christmas is a very busy time. Make time for Christ this Christmas season. There was no room for Him at the inn when He was born, but Christ must be a priority in the life of a Christian. Praise Him and meditate on the excellent gift that He has given you.

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the gift of salvation, the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We praise Your holy name! Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read these verses and notice what each one says about the “gift of God”: Acts 8:20,

Rom. 5:15-18, James 1:17.

 HIKING THE TRAIL

As you find yourself in conversations about gifts, even at the check-out, tell people about the gift of God – Jesus.

 Copyright 2012 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: The Grinch Who Tried to Steal Christmas

THE GRINCH WHO TRIED TO STEAL CHRISTMAS

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Matt. 2:13 (NKJV)

He was much worse than the Grinch. He wasn’t green, and he didn’t have a dog named Max. He didn’t dress up like Santa to steal the Christmas gifts, decorations and roast beef from the folks of Whoville. He was an angry king who would stop at nothing to protect his title, even to the point of killing all the male children up to the age of two years. All of this was done in an attempt to kill the young Child, Jesus.

As always, God intervened, and Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus, and flee to Egypt. Our Savior, Jesus, was…saved. His life was spared so that one day, He could give it up on a cross in order to save us.

This is a perfect picture of God’s providence at work, and it is at work in the life of every believer. Christian, you are safe and secure in the hands of God. “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day” (John 6:39).

Friend, are you insecure about your salvation? Perhaps, you know without a doubt that you are not saved. This Baby that was born in a manger came into this world for one reason – to pay the sin debt for all who will believe. He was virgin born. He was fully God and fully Man. When you wholeheartedly trust Him, He will save you. That is the real gift of Christmas.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for coming to earth only to die for my sins. Forgive me, and cleanse me from all my sin. Help me to live for You and not myself. I trust You as my Savior, Lord, and soon coming King. Amen.

DIG DEEPER
Read rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, John 10:28, 1 John 1:9.

HIKING THE TRAIL
Make sure you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If so, praise Him for His birth and His death on the cross. Tell others about Jesus!

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.