Will You Receive the Promised Gift?

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In the beginning, God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden. They enjoyed the intimate presence of God until one day, they chose to eat the fruit of one forbidden tree. After they ate the fruit, they heard God walking in the Garden and calling them. They hid from God’s presence. They were ashamed of their nakedness.

I’ve been ashamed … words I wish I could take back, thoughts I shouldn’t have entertained, actions I took that hurt others. I’ve wanted to withdraw and hide.

Yet, God did not want Adam and Eve to hide from Him. He caused them to confess what they did. Then He explained the consequences of their actions: cursed ground, hard labor, pain in childbirth, discord between themselves, dismissal from the Garden of Eden, eventual death, and separation from the presence of God.

But God was gracious. God covered their guilt with animal skins, the first sacrifice, but it only covered the sin.

Hope Given

There was hope that day. God told Satan that there would be hatred between Satan and the woman and her seed (a reference to the virgin birth, since the man fertilizes the egg with his seed) and Satan’s seed. The Messiah would bruise Satan’s head (Satan’s power), and Satan would bruise Jesus’ heel (the cross). Genesis 3:15

Prophecy Given

Centuries later, God revealed His promise of the Messiah again, but with more information.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel [God with us]. Isaiah 7:14

At a time when Ahaz, king of Judah, feared that Syria and the Northern Kingdom would attack, God sent Isaiah to Ahaz to give him a wonderful promise of hope – hope for the nation in the near future; in 12-13 years, the two kings of Syria and the Northern Kingdom would be conquered. The coming Messiah is the far future prophecy.

The promise of hope remains true today. In the midst of trials or danger, God is with us, and He is in control.

Promise Given

In the fullness of time, God gave the world “His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Almighty God shed His glory in heaven to enter the womb of a young virgin. God became flesh and lived among the Israelites. Jesus taught in the synagogues, in the homes of tax collectors, on mountainsides, on boats, and down the streets as people followed Him. He healed the sick, touched the lepers, gave sight to the blind, restored hearing to the deaf, raised the dead, calmed the sea, fed the 5,000, and much more.

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:4

Jesus became flesh to live the perfect life, to reflect the Father in Heaven, to show the Way, and to become the perfect Sacrifice. Jesus came to take your sins and my sins upon Himself and pay the price for those sins … death. Jesus was nailed to the cross as payment for our sins … death. The price for your sins is paid in full. Jesus paid it all.

Why? Jesus will clothe you in garments of salvation, so that you can live with Him forever … God with us.

Gift of Christmas

This is the gift of Christmas. This is the gift of God … God with us forever through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Will you receive this gift?

It’s free, and, yet, it costs you everything. Surrender your life to Jesus, and He will be with you, and you will be in Him, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27b

My prayer

Father, thank You for loving the world so much that You gave Your only begotten Son to live and die as the perfect sacrifice to pay for our sins, so that we could live with Him forever. We surrender our lives to You. What hope we have in You! Immanuel, thank You! Amen.

Please share what Christmas means to  you in the Comment Section.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas filled with joy.

The Joy of Christmas

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May the joy of Christmas fill your heart and spill out onto others.

May the colors of the holidays bring you smiles.

May the tastes of the days ahead delight your spirit.

May the sounds of celebration linger in your mind.

May the gift of joy be yours as you contemplate the true Gift.

Wishing you a joyous Christmas!

The Light Pierced the Darkness

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Jesus is the light of the world. He who follows Jesus will not walk in the darkness but in the Light of the life. John 8:12

May you walk in the Light of the world and in the Light of Jesus’ presence as you contemplate upon the gift of Jesus this Christmas.

Wonderful Counselor … Prince of Peace!

 

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The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

May you behold the glory of Jesus this Christmas season, and may the truth of His grace wrap you in the light of His presence.

Wishing you all spiritual blessings.

Christmas Blessings

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“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness,
but will have the Light of life.”
John 8:12

May you walk in the Light of Jesus as you ponder
His great and precious gift, a gift that cost Him everything.

May the Bright Morning Star rise in your heart and soul.
May you rejoice in His Light and grace.

Merry Christmas!

Our awesome Savior

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Who

Incomprehensible Majestic One

Artistic Creator

Unspeakable Love

Unimaginable Merciful One

Everlasting Gracious One

Wonderful Counselor

The Mighty God

Everlasting Father

Prince of Peace

Redeeming Savior

Jesus.

What

Became flesh

Dwelt among us

Taught Good News

Healed the sick

Gave sight to the blind

Raised the dead

Fed the 5,000

Calmed the sea

Took humanity’s sin

Died on the cross

Rose from the dead

Ascended to heaven

Sits at the right hand of God

Speaks on our behalf

When

Past

Present

Coming Soon

Forever

Where

In glory

Heaven

Earth

The New Jerusalem

With men and women

Why

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

My prayer

Father, fill Your children with an awesome understanding of You as our Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. May the knowledge of God’s love and sacrifice dwell in you richly as you ponder the meaning of Christmas.

Please share the wonder of our Lord and Savior with others. Tell us what the Lord is teaching you about His nature.