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The Gift of Christmas

 

Is choosing your Christmas gifts a problem? Most of us find it is. We try to give what our friends would like or what we judge they need most. We donít want them to be disappointed with their presents and think we donít care. When we were children we saw Christmas more as a time for getting than giving, but as adults we are all too well aware that there is no getting without someone spending and giving. Many people believe that Christmas has something to do with God giving and Christís birth at Bethlehem.

The gift that God gave was carefully chosen. Godís Christmas gift to us was His Son, Jesus Christ, given because He loves us and to be our Saviour from sin. He gave what we needed most Ė a Saviour. A Saviour is someone who saves, whether itís the lifeboat man out at sea rescuing us from peril, or the fireman rescuing us from the burning building. And Christ is a Saviour able to rescue us from the danger that we are in, the danger of unforgiven sin, and that one day God will judge it. The Bible teaches that ďit is appointed unto men once to die and then comes judgementĒ.

We canít do anything to save ourselves from the consequences of our sin other than to accept by faith what Christ did for us on the cross. The Bible teaches that our sin was laid upon Him and He took the punishment that our sin merited, that we through faith in Him might be made righteous; that is why Christ died sacrificially on the cross.

We will never obtain salvation from sin by religion or ceremonies or good works. This greatest of all gifts Ė salvation from sin, eternal life - is offered to us freely through Christ. We must accept it on a personal basis between God and ourselves through simple faith and trust in the One who loved us and gave Himself for us. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved".