God’s Gift

Posted on December 10, 2014 · Posted in Gospel, Jesus Christ

Do you plan to give your best gift ever to someone you love this Christmas?  How would you feel then if Christmas Day came and he/she would not accept your gift and never even opened it?  Would you be surprised to know that God would know how you feel?  One Christmas after another comes and goes and God’s gift to mankind remains unopened by so many. 

After Adam and Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, God revealed His amazing love and mercy by promising to give His most precious gift to all mankind.  Through His chosen spokesmen on earth, God told the people what signs to watch for, so they would recognize His gift when He arrived.  Those who believed God, waited and watched for God’s Promised Savior.

Read how Isaiah describes God’s gift 700 years before the gift arrived:

For to Us

A Child is Born

To us a Son is Given

And the Government will be on His Shoulders

And He will be Called

Wonderful Counselor

Mighty God

Everlasting Father

  Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6

What do you learn about God’s Gift from this description?  This was no ordinary gift!   At exactly the right time in history, God’s gift was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary.  God’s gift would have a name:

JESUS

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.  They will call him Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:21, 23

An Angel Announces the Birth of Jesus

“I bring you Good News of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the Town of David 

A Savior has been born to you 

He is Christ the Lord”

Luke 2:10-11

The long wait was over.  Jesus, a king, was born not in a palace, but in a lowly stable.  Wise men came from the east to worship not a baby, but the king of the Jews who has always existed.  Jesus willingly laid His glory aside to be clothed in the flesh of a baby to fulfill God’s plan of salvation for both Jew and Gentile.

Jesus grew in the wisdom and knowledge of God, His Father, who confirmed Jesus at His baptism. Later, Jesus revealed His divinity to a few of His disciples who also heard God speak.

God the Father said,

This is My Son, whom I Love

 Listen to Him!”

Mark 9:7

Jesus was thirty years old when He began his public ministry.  Those who wondered if Jesus was God’s promised gift did listen to Him.  They hung on His every word, and many believed in Him.  Jesus healed people, forgave people and He even raised people from the dead!  Jesus was no ordinary man, so people were amazed, and they marveled at God’s gift!  Those who saw Jesus living on earth at that time saw and heard God in the flesh! What a miraculous gift of Himself God gave to the world!

Have you Listened to Jesus?

Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.  Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”  John 14:6-7, 9

Jesus told a woman who had not yet received Him,

If you knew the Gift of God

And Who it is that asks you for a drink

You would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” 

John 4:10

Jesus told people why He came:

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  Luke 5:31-31

Don’t we wish this was the end of the story?  While many received God’s gift and welcomed Jesus, the majority rejected His gift and even hated Jesus for no reason.  One horrible, evil day the people Jesus came to save finally crushed God’s beautiful gift.  With the struggle of life still within Him, and with a heart of love so impossible to understand,

Jesus asked the Father to

 “Forgive Them”

In Response

They divided up His clothes by casting lots

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him

There were two criminals, sinners like us, who were also crucified that day. They give us a picture of the two responses to God’s gift even today:  belief and unbelief.  One of the criminals hurled insults at Jesus and mocked Him.  The other criminal rebuked him saying, “Don’t you fear God?”  This criminal believed and asked Jesus to remember him when He returned to His kingdom in heaven.  Jesus answered him:

“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”  And then Jesus said, before breathing his last, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  Luke 23:43, 46

Jesus

 Allowed Himself

To be Killed

By those He Had Created and Known

Pause and reflect on these words and then read the Bible verses below.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-3, 14

God Raised Jesus from the Dead!

When Jesus died, many were sad and lost hope because they knew there would never be another gift like this again and then……God’s Gift……was miraculously restored.

But God raised Jesus from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.  Acts 2:24

Jesus first appeared to His disciples and they worshiped Him!  Jesus told them that He was going back to His Father in Heaven and He promised to send His disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit who would dwell within them and remind them of all that Jesus had told them while living on earth.  Today, we have the words of Jesus and all that God wants us to know in the Bible, the Word of God.  Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus lives and reigns in the hearts of all who believe in Him and they have His peace and the good will to men that God promised.

Jesus is Coming Again

May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.  1 Thessalonians 3:13

Like those who waited long ago for Jesus first coming, believers in every generation now watch for His return. God has given us signs to look for that are recorded in the Bible.  Will you be ready?

Jesus said, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”  Matthew 25:13

Have you received Jesus, God’s perfect gift?

Jesus said, “I tell you that there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  Luke 15:7

Make this the most memorable Christmas you have ever known.  Tell God you want to receive His gift, Jesus Christ, as your personal Savior from sin and come home to the warmth of a relationship with Him that will never end!

For the Wages of Sin is Death

But the Gift of God is Eternal Life

In Christ Jesus our Lord

Romans 6:23

This Christmas, thank God for His indescribable gift!  Jesus

Amazing love, how can it be?

That you, my King would die for me?

Amazing love, I know it’s true

It’s my joy to honor you

In all I do, I honor You

I will appreciate your comment

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Bible study for “God’s Gift”

Week 1:  Psalm 51:1-10; Isaiah 9:6-7; 53:4-6; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-2; 3:16-17; 9:1-8; 16:13-17; 24:3-44; 25:13; 26:64; 28:5-6

Week 2:  Mark 1:14-15; 9:2-7; Luke 2:8-12, 25-40; 3:23; 4:16-21; 5:31; 15:7; 17:24-30; 21:7-31; 23:32-46; John 1:1-3, 14; 3:16-18; 4:10-14, 23-26; 6:35-40

Week 3:  John 7:37-39; 10:11, 22-33; 11:25-27, 38-44; 14:6-7, 9; 17:26-30; 20:24-31; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Acts 1:1-5, 9-11; 2:22-24, 36-39; 4:12

Week 4:  Romans 3:21-23, 25; 4:7-8; 5:1, 6-8; 6:23; 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 15:3-7, 12-19; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 3:13; 4:16-18; 5:1-11, 23-24; Revelation 1:7, 17-18; 17:14; 22:12