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The Gift And The Gift Giver, The Reason For The Season
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The Gift and The Gift Giver
The Reason For The Season
Jesus, that perfect gift! Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season. We celebrate his birth and thank God for sending him to redeem us. He paid a price for us that no one or nothing else could. Throughout the Old Testament we can find the promise of a Messiah that would come and save his people from sin, death, and the grave forever.
Isaiah 7:14-15 therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign, behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.
Why was Jesus perfect, faultless, untainted, and excellent? He was complete, whole, sharp, distinct and accurate. It doesn’t take much to live for God. (1) Refuse Evil and (2) Choose good. We must reject, decline, and deny wrongdoing. Shun immoral, sinful, corrupt, and shameless things. Forsake false and unfaithful treacherous ways. Run from all deceitful, deceptive, and disloyal people. Refuse to be sly, cunning, tricky, beguiling or misrepresenting, but careful, exact, trustworthy, reliable and faithful. Find out the error of our ways and accurately correct all untruths and falseness. We are so incorrect in our worship today and mistakenly think that God is not writing it in the book of life. We do wrong, fraudulent and dishonest things even in the church of Jesus Christ. All kinds of tricks are being worked in the Church today. The people are more counterfeit, bogus and phony today than ever before. The counterfeits or false Christians want to do things their way. They manipulate, fake, lie and deceive even the elect. We are betraying each other and pretend that all is well with our dishonesty.
Romans 12:1-2 clearly tells us that we have to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto the Lord. We are to transform our ways and conform to God’s Will and His ways. We must renew our mind through the reading of the Word and conforming to what we believe. We are to refuse evil as Jesus did and choose to do good as He did. Jesus brought man back to a perfect state; He finished His work. He fulfilled God’s promise to man that a savior would be born in the earth. He achieved God’s goals of salvation which brought us to a state of right relationship and deliverance from all evil. Because we have God’s perfect gift for an example we can be delivered and live this life clean and holy through Christ Jesus.
We don’t have to be defeated in this life. We can live faultless and excellent and untainted in this world. We are complete in God through Christ Jesus. Jesus is God’s perfect gift to mankind. He was born in the harvest of the year. His season represents that birth. It is a time to celebrate Jesus. Matthew 1:21 lets us know that a son was given. God gave, He gives, and it is given that we are to accept what God has done, what Jesus did and give also. We are to give our lives a living sacrifice that God will be glorified in us.
Jesus name means Jehovah is salvation, he is the Messiah of promise, the son of God, the son of man, the savior, the Lord of glory, Prophet, and King. He is a Wonder, a gift, a present, endowment, reward, remembrance, bonus, contribution, offering, a ransom for our sin, and a gift giver also. Jesus posted our bond and we are free. St. John 3:16 for God so loved the world that He gave all He had. Now we too accept the gift God gave and the sacrifice He made.
The reason for the season; the gift and the gift giver is to be glorified. Jesus throughout his life avoided some things. Christ is in that high place, a place of learning for us. Matthew 5:11 and seeing the multitude he went up into a mountain and when he was set His disciples came unto him and He opened his mouth and taught them saying:
1. Avoid desiring a crowd to speak to
2. Avoid the argument of the Devil to be seen
3. Avoid the argument of the Devil that we don’t need to hear from God
4. Be led of the Spirit and do what He leads you to do
5. Check out the Spirit of those that follow you
6. Be able to identify the Spirit, don’t glory in your own fame
Why did Jesus go up away from the crowd? Why did He go up away from his disciples? Jesus had come down to earth but He always was from above. All of Jesus’ life was a teaching. He taught and preached the Gospel message of the Father and brought glory back to God. How much more can we the people of God take this gift we have been given and learn from Him. Our gift to Him is to spread the Word, bring a visual picture of who He is that He is just as alive today as it was when He walked the earth. We must bring Jesus to the world. Live the things of God; live the Gospel. When we give glory and honor to God we don’t worry about a crowd. With a crowd come prestige and gossip. Our name need not ride high in the air but rather we are to come low where God can be glorified just as when Jesus laid in that manger. Jesus took the low road coming into the earth so that we can let His light shine before men that they will see God and glorify Him. Our works are to be after God.
God gave his Son and His Son gave his life; the Gift Giver and the Gift is perfect!
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