The gift wrapped up very simply

2018-12-23
Preacher:

The gift wrapped up very simply.

 

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves”

 

By Pastor George Lehman

 

It’s not so much ‘when’ but the most important thing is THAT He was born!

 

It’s easy to be drawn into the glitter and glamour of the Christmas Season.

All the glitz is fine and creates an atmosphere.

However, Jesus Himself arrived in a plain brown wrapping.
That’s why up to today people don’t choose Him.

 

A free Christmas gift from God to humanity

 

Paul puts it this way:

2 Corinthians 9:15 (Ampl) - Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!

 

And yet, there was sparkle...

Luke 2:8-13 (Ampl) – And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.  But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.   For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!  And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying.  (Talk about Spectacular)

 

They found a humble gift they didn’t go looking for pomp and ceremony for a prince or royalty.

 

Luke 2:20 (Ampl) - And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.

 

What about you? Are you still excited about Jesus? Are you still glorifying and praising God daily?

 

 

The wise men are led to Jesus.

Matthew 2:10-11 (Ampl) - When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy.  And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts--gold and frankincense and myrrh.

 

These gifts said it all:

Gold – It was a gift for a King. – (Gold represented Kingliness)
Frankincense – Was burned in the temple by the priests who were mediators between God and the people. – (Jesus priestly role)
Myrrh – Was used as anointing oil (was also symbolic of death).

 

Even today so many people are in search of something or someone to fill their spiritual emptiness.  They still have difficulty in accepting this simple and yet profound Christmas gift of Jesus.

 

People look for something complicated – maybe something glamorous, something to satisfy their own image of a Saviour instead of trusting the One who is trustworthy.

 

Isaiah 41:10 (Ampl) - Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

 

We allow our hurts, hardships, frustrations, our failures to be controlled by our actions – not God’s word.

 

For Christian believers all over the world, this Christmas gift that came in a plain brown wrapper is indeed the most indescribable, inexpressible free gift.

 

This simple, uncomplicated, generous gift came to ...

  • Uncomplicate our lives; (How we through ignorance and disobedience complicate our lives.)
  • To deliver us from sin and bondage.

 

 

Acts 10:38 (Ampl) - How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.

 

  • To carry us through difficulty and hardships.

 

Your choice is to fully trust Jesus to carry you through and to have confident assurance that nothing will separate us from His love for us.

 

Him we celebrate over this Season has made the verse a reality to us.

 

Romans 8:35 (NIV) – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

 

Romans 8:37-39 (Ampl) – Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.  For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things *impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

*Impending – Something about to happen

 

Receive His gift – it’s free to all who will come.

 

 

 

 

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