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A Christmas present can tell a wonderful Christmas object lesson about God's most precious gift and the true meaning of Christmas!
John 3:16:" For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
God sent us a special gift that is for everyone.
That really means EVERYONE - all people, you, them, - anyone that would like to receive it.
Its unconditional because we don't have to earn the gift or do anything other than receive it.
Ephesians 2:8: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God"
However, the gift is not really ours until we choose to receive it. It is of no use to us unless we take it for ourselves, unwrap it, and make it our own.
God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ is the same. It is not ours automatically. We must first choose to receive it.
Matthew 7:8: " For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." John 3:36:"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."
On Christmas morning, we will wake up to find a lot of packages under the tree. Packages wrapped in brightly colored paper and tied up with pretty ribbons and bows. What if there was one package under the tree wrapped in plain brown paper tied up with string and what if that package had your name on it? Would that be the package you would choose to open first? I don't think so! After all, a gift is supposed to come in a beautiful package, isn't it?
You know, I think that is why a lot of people have missed out on the gift that God sent to them. You see, God's Gift didn't come in a beautifully wrapped package. God sent Jesus, His only Son, as His gift to us. His mother was a young virgin... his earthly father was a poor carpenter... he was born in a stable. Not a very pretty package, is it? But do you know what? It was the greatest gift the world has ever known. It was the gift of salvation and it had your name on it... and yours... and yours... and mine!
The Bible tells us that when Mary found out that she had been chosen to be the one to deliver God's gift to the world, she was filled with joy. She sang a song glorifying God for choosing her.
"The Mighty One has done great things for me," she sang.
Well, the Mighty One has done great things for us too. He has sent us the gift of His love, but some people are so busy unwrapping the beautifully wrapped packages that this world offers that they have missed out on the greatest gift. Maybe it is because it came wrapped in brown paper tied up with string.