This time of year the hunt for the perfect Christmas gifts is on. I find this hectic shopping season a bit ironic. Because I strongly believe that we can’t buy the perfect Christmas gift. It is free for all. We can find what ever we’ve been looking for only in Jesus.
This free gift of Jesus is bigger and more life-giving than we can ever imagine. Jesus is not just a sweet baby at Christmas. Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins and resurrected on the third day so we could be made right with God. Jesus is our savior. But even that is not all. Through Jesus God is giving us LIFE with HIM!
God has given each of us the ultimate gift of life accomplished by Jesus Christ so we could all experience God’s love and grace intimately and personally. And there’s nothing better than that. God wants to be present in your life, to know how you’re doing, what concerns you, what brings you joy. God also has a plan for your life to give you utmost joy and hope for the future. You can find what you’ve been looking for only in Jesus. That’s why Jesus is the perfect gift any day of the year!
But the free gift of Christ isn’t like Adam’s failure. If many people died through what one person did wrong, God’s grace is multiplied even more for many people with the gift—of the one person Jesus Christ—that comes through grace. The gift isn’t like the consequences of one person’s sin. The judgment that came from one person’s sin led to punishment, but the free gift that came out of many failures led to the verdict of acquittal. If death ruled because of one person’s failure, those who receive the multiplied grace and the gift of righteousness will even more certainly rule in life through the one person Jesus Christ. (Romans 5: 15-17, CEB, emphasis added)
Jesus breaks the power of death and sin in our lives. When we surrender to Jesus and ask him to reside in our hearts, there is a new power in operation! We don’t need to listen to “the old Adam in us” to tell us what to do anymore. We can concentrate on Christ living inside of us. What a huge difference! We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live in grace!
We are free to embrace God!
We are free to enjoy life!
We are free to live in love!
The more we embrace God’s free gift of grace accomplished by Jesus Christ, the more meaningful our lives become. This is not giving you false hope. I am not saying that if you believe in Jesus you won’t have any problems in life. We are still living here in the world but we are living our lives WITH GOD. That makes all the difference! When we dig deeper in the free life with God, we experience meaning, hope, and joy even when we are suffering.
When we unwrap the gift of Jesus, we realize Jesus really is everything we need. Jesus is not just for our past sins or for the eternity but for the present time.
We are called to abide in Christ.
We are called to share every detail of our lives with God.
We are called to celebrate life and the Giver of life every single day of our lives.
We don’t need to be separated from God any more because God gave us the ultimate Christmas gift: Jesus who cleared the way back to God. But let’s not leave Jesus on the shelf like many other Christmas gifts. Let’s practice our faith in Jesus and live our everyday lives with God. By continually abiding in Christ we find what we’ve been looking for.
Thank you for giving us the perfect Christmas gift in Jesus!
Help us to share this ultimate gift of life with all our loved ones.
Teach us how to abide deeper in you.
Show us your plan for our lives
and give us your grace to live according to your will.
May our lives be filled with hope, joy, and peace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What do you think? Is Jesus the perfect Christmas gift. Why/why not?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to continually abide in Christ!
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