Reflections of…The Greatest Gift Ever Given!

Merry Christmas  From Savannah!
Merry Christmas
From Savannah!

“For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a SAVIOR—Christ, the Lord!” Luke 2:11

 

In a nutshell—that’s what Christmas is all about—the Savior, the Christ, the Lord!

We can camouflage it all we want with Santas and reindeer and presents and eggnog—

All of it attempts to divert attention from the Stable and the manger in it…

To a Jolly old elf in spite of himself.

But the bottom line is—A Gift was given From Heaven to Earth—that changed the world.

 

And on December 25th—on every continent in the World—we will be celebrating this Gift!

It’s the ONLY religious celebration that happens on the same day around the world—

With so many participants—all of whom acknowledge the Savior, the Christ, the Lord!

The Savior—it had to be someone who could save us from our sin.

The Christ – it had to be someone of deity, connecting us to God.

The Lord – it had to be someone we would see as the representative of God Himself here on earth.

The Old Testament called Him Emmanuel – God with us!

The New Testament called Him JESUS- Messiah to His people!

 

He is the single most popular historical person of all time!

He has the number one Best Selling Book of all time written about Him.

He is followed by millions and millions around the world who call Him Savior, Christ, Lord!

 

He is the Gift given by Jehovah God to reconcile His creation to Him and atone for their sin against Him.

This Gift…sent to save the world!

I wrote a song called “The Gift” a few years back—the words still ring true:

 

On this night, so long ago

A baby born to Mary

Of all those around, only she would know

The burden her boy would carry

For all of us…

  Sitting here…

    Saved by her sweet Son

He was sent to earth

  To give a gift

    That could never be outdone

Chorus

The gift He gave

The gift He brought

From His Father

Looking down on each of us

His gift was wrapped

In swaddling clothes

To someday hang on top a tree

He was born to die

To give the gift of life

So willingly….

He gave His gift

To you and me.

2nd

Two thousand years

Have passed since then

This gift still given freely

To those who seek

They all will find

Their blinded eyes will see

His gift of love

Sent long ago

Still just as new as then

Still changing lives

His gift of life

Still celebrating

That night when…..

The gift He gave

The gift He brought

From His Father

Looking down on each of us

His gift was wrapped

In swaddling clothes

To someday hang on top a tree

He was born to die

To give the gift of life

So willingly….

He gave His gift

To you and me.

It still tells the story…that was written long ago…

About a young couple who were chosen to raise the son of God as their own.

Knowing that someday—their son would rise and make the greatest sacrifice—His life.

The Word says that Mary pondered these things in her heart.

How did she bear the pain of knowing that her sweet little boy would someday bear the weight of the world?

In the end, she was just a mother, of a son, whom she loved with her whole heart.

And yet—she always knew—someday her boy would have to step into His call for His life…

And save the world.

Today, as the world stops to celebrate our Living Savior, Christ and Lord…

He is still changing lives—everyone who calls Him Savior will be redeemed from their sin—and see Him soon!

You can also be one of us who look to His soon appearing—

Just pause right now, and know that the babe in the swaddling clothes, wrapped up in the manger…

Became the Lamb of God, who hung on the cross, sacrificing His precious blood so you could be saved!

All you have to do is—Accept the Greatest Gift Ever Given—say Yes to Jesus!

Now THAT would be the BEST Christmas of ALL!