The greatest gift of all

Published 8:50pm Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tis the season to celebrate and give thanks for the greatest gift mankind has or will ever receive. The gift given by Almighty God, sovereign authority of creation and life, can never be equaled or duplicated. It is to this cause and purpose we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior on Dec. 25. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world, is mankind’s bridge to Almighty God in the Christian faith.

The gift of salvation is free to all who will believe, repent, accept and live it. How many things can you think of that is free for the asking?  Precious few would be my guess and how life transforming would it be if they were free? The gift of salvation is the gift that keeps on giving and ensures a place in eternity. A place of great rejoicing and happiness in the presence of our Lord where there are no tears or disappointments. What a wonderful gift from God.

The act of gift giving at Christmas is symbolic of God’s gift to His creation, mankind. He loved us so much He sent His son as a perfect sacrifice to redeem us from sin.

Christ’s birth brings out the best in people.  There are so many acts of kindness and compassion this time of year it renews your faith in humanity.

There are those who ensure our veterans in VA Hospitals aren’t forgotten by visiting and sharing gifts to all confined there. Many see that the needy and destitute have food and toys for their children through unselfish individual acts of which they want to remain anonymous.

There are organized efforts such as the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Toy for Tots,” “Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes” for children around the world, the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” and many, many more.

The faithfulness and goodness of organizations like the Salvation Army treats every day as Christ‘s birthday with compassionate exemplary giving. The local Food Bank and food banks across America provide food to those who do not have basic sustenance not only at Christmas, but all year long. What a blessing they are and the wonderful people who donate time, money and food for this endeavor.

Christmas brings about a giving and lending a helping hand to those less fortunate than ourselves.

It all points to Jesus’ birth and the greatest gift of all.

So, “Live your life so that when your feet hit the floor in the morning Satan shudders and says “Oh No, he’s awake!”

  • D-man

    there are over 300 messianic prophecies in the old testament that point to Jesus Christ…

    Isaiah 53
    New International Version (NIV)

    Isaiah 53
    1 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
    2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
    He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
    3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
    Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

    4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
    yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
    5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
    6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
    and the LORD has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

    7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
    he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
    8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
    For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
    9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
    though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

    10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the LORD makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
    11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
    by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
    12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
    because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
    For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

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