'A Gift For Everyone'
by Travis Wiginton
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There was a gift for each of us left under the tree of life almost 2000 years ago by Him whose birthday we are celebrating.
It was made possible:
~ by the incarnation (the real meaning of Christmas)
~ by the crucifixion (the real meaning of Good Friday)
~ by the resurrection (the real meaning of Easter).
This gift is withheld from no one.
~Some have left the packages unclaimed.
~Some have accepted the gift and carry it around....
but have failed to remove the wrappings and look inside to discover the hidden splendor.
The packages are all alike - wrapped up in Jesus Christ who is
In each package is written "All that the Father has is thine, take and live"!
I'll never understand why people celebrate Christmas....
yet do not accept Jesus Who is the CHRIST of CHRISTmas.
He is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord; you must decide.
Many intend to, but never get around to it.
Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions....
and by the road of 'by and by' you reach the house of never!
The big problem seems to be excuses that lead to delay which leads to eternal regrets.
Excuses are reasons with holes in them....and God sees through every one of them.
There was little room for Jesus that first Christmas.
C.C. Williams wrote a very thought-provoking song, "Have You Any Room for Jesus?":
"Have you any room for Jesus, He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission, Sinner, will you let Him in?
Room for pleasure, room for business, But for Christ the Crucified,
Not a place that He can enter, In the heart for which He died?
Have you any room for Jesus, As in grace He calls again?
O, today is time accepted, Tomorrow you may call in vain.
Room and time now give to Jesus, Soon will pass God's day of grace;
Soon thy heart left cold and silent, And thy Saviors' pleading cease.
Room for Jesus, King of glory! Hasten now, His word obey;
Swing the heart's door widely open, Bid Him enter while you may."
For a person to say "no room for Jesus" is:
~like the ocean saying it has no room for the tide
~like the atmosphere having no room for air
~like the forest having no room for trees.
Jesus is not an elective, He is a requirement......not a luxury, but an essential.
Augustine said, "Man is restless and will stay that way until he finds rest in Christ".
A missionary was teaching a group of Muslims about the truth of the resurrection of Christ said,
"I am traveling and come to a place where two roads meet.
I look for a guide and see two men...one dead and the other alive.
Which should I ask for direction? The dead or the living?"
"The living, of course," answered the people.
Then the missionary said, "Why send me to Mohammed, who is dead,
instead of to Christ, who is alive?"
Christ is Christmas.
Please accept Him as Savior.....and let Him be Lord of your life every day!
May you have a BLESSED CHRISTmas~!
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