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The Ultimate Gift
by denise watson-smith
11/13/06
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The Ultimate Gift
By: Denise Watson-Smith (Dee Dee)


During the holiday season, so many of us run around trying to find that perfect gift. We look for electronics, toys, candy, and clothing, just to find the perfect gift for that family member or friend. While we are so busy out searching for that perfect gift that money can buy, we overlook the one gift that is free. The gift that keeps on giving, we overlook the ultimate Christmas gift that was given to us. What gift is that? JESUS!!! Over 2000 years ago, God gave His only begotten son, to come to this earth, to live, to suffer, to die and to live again, just so that we can have eternal life. He sent His Son to us, as a gift for us, to continue to give to us daily… (Remember, the gift that keeps on giving). We get so caught up in the holidays that we fail to remember the reason for the holiday. Children think that Christmas is about Santa Clause, and they never realize that if it had not been for Jesus, there would not have been a Santa Clause for them to “rely on” every year. We spend so much money every year giving the perfect gift, but we fail to tell others about the ultimate gift. Our children hear about someone who comes down through a chimney, but they do not hear about the one who can save them. We have gotten so busy trying to take Christ out of Christmas, that we don’t even say Merry Christmas anymore. We say, “Season’s greetings, or happy holidays or merry x-mas.” Christ is no longer the focal point of Christmas. People don’t care about that baby who was born in a manager, wrapped in swaddling clothes so many years ago. They want their diamonds and furs, cars, clothes, toys, etc. We are so busy giving to others because of the season that we fail to thank God for the season. When was the last time that we said to God, “Thank you?” When was the last time that we offered up something to Jesus, after all, it is HIS BIRTHDAY?! The gift that keeps on giving…new mercies every day, another day, miracles, love, patience, understanding, blessings, family, friends, eternal life, another chance to get it right, forgiveness, health, joy, peace of mind, salvation, God’s grace, integrity, justice, mercy, respect, self-esteem, faithfulness, courage, kindness, generosity, compassion, contentment, hope, patience, passion, wisdom, boldness. Everyday with Jesus is brand new, everyday with Jesus is greater than the day before, waking up everyday to Jesus is waking up to a brand new perspective on life. I know how wonderful it is to wake up on Christmas morning to find a gift under the tree for you, but how much more wonderful would it be to know the Giver of the Ultimate Gift, how much more grand will your life be if you knew the one who was born on that day, so many years ago, so that you can have the freedom to receive the gift.

As I sit here and write this, I can only imagine what Jesus done for me. I can only sit here and look around at everything that He has given to me and just say thank you. It is wonderful to know that I can open my eyes and see His magnificent works. It is awesome to know that I can listen with my ears to the sounds of that which He created. Have you ever wanted something so bad and that when you receive it, because it did not come packaged the way you expected it to, you rejected it, put it on a shelf or in the corner somewhere. That is how we do Jesus, we want Him and all He has to offer, but because He did not come packaged the way we wanted Him to, we rejected Him, we placed in the corner or on the shelf, but never close to us, because we did not want people to see our association with Him. Jesus came to this world over 2000 years ago. He was sent by His Father in Heaven to a woman who was a virgin, to be born into a sinful world, to be made sin for us, to suffer, to have bled and died, just to be resurrected so that we can live forever in Him. This Christmas season, while you are out trying to find that perfect gift for someone, don’t forget to also tell someone about the Ultimate Gift, because that is the only gift that can get you into Heaven.



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