The Gifts of Christmas
Wednesday, December, 31, 2014 | 3:00 PM | by asmith
The gifts have been opened and the debris carted off to the trash. Some gifts met a special need, others have already been exchanged and a few will languish in a dark closet and eventually be recycled as a charitable donation.
What is the greatest Christmas gift that you have ever received? For me, it was probably that legendary and much dreamed of Red Rider BB gun. I can instantly recall the glowing memory of tearing off the wrapping paper and embracing that metallic treasure!
I did hear a story about a fellow from the mountains of Tennessee who moved to Hollywood and made it big in the movies. To impress his mother with his newly acquired wealth and "high class taste", he sent her a fabulous Christmas gift. He bought his mountain momma an exotic Zakari bird and shipped it to her for a scheduled arrival on Dec. 24th. The bird spoke five languages. It could sing "O Holy Night". He paid $50,000 for it and sent the plump, colorful wonder to dear old Mom. On Christmas day, he called and inquired, "Momma, how did you like the bird I sent to you?" She responded, "Son, it was DELICIOUS!" Whoops.
The greatest gift of all is not material, but spiritual. The Bible explains, "You are not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life; but, you are redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus Christ." (I Peter 1:18-19) God's Word tells us,"The wage of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23) Jesus great gift meets your deepest need. He died to pay the penalty of your sin. King Jesus offers you pardon and partnership. He wants to give you forgiveness and make you part of His family now and forever. I urge you to activate your faith and receive God's great gift and then pass on the good news about the Father's free gift to others!