Friday, December 9, 2016

The Greatest Gift

Jesus the greatest gift of all did not come wrapped in an ornamental package.  He came from glory and brought God’s glory to the world.  He came to the womb of Mary, who miraculously gave birth to Him as a virgin. His beginning was profoundly humble, yet He was and is the King of Kings.  The angels announced His birth to the shepherds.  Later, the wise men adorned him with gifts but for the most part this baby was unknown.  Truly God and authentically human - He came to destroy the works of Satan.  Yet Satan tried to destroy him first.  King Herod ordered the death of all children two years and under in Bethlehem, but Joseph, the boy’s father, was warned in a dream to flee from the area before danger visited.  

Jesus, who came to proclaim the kingdom of God, had to first learn how to talk.  After all he was a baby, and babies need to grow.  Jesus had to learn many things before God sent him on His mission.  In fact, Jesus Christ did not perform one miracle until he reached the age of 30, until after He was baptized by John.   This was when the greatest gift was revealed to the world.  

He healed the sick, cast out devils, raised the dead, and preached the word with authority.  He was God manifested in the flesh.  He showed us the love and justice of the Father. 
His mission was not complete until He took our place on the tree.  He was the sacrificial Lamb that hung on a cross.  He died in our place.

Then after three days, His glorious resurrection defied death, Satan, and all his legions.  Now we can trust Him to be our Sin-Bearer.  Come my friend and pray with me if you haven’t prayed in such a way before.  Give you heart to Him and to His cause.  Surrender all to this One named Jesus.  He is Lord of All.
To come into the family of God, come and pray a prayer like this…

Dear Lord of Heaven,

Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me on the cross.  I confess that I am a sinner and that I have rebelled against God and His word.  I ask You Lord to forgive me.  Jesus, be my Sin-Bearer.  Come and live in my heart.  Come and fill me with Your precious Holy Spirit.  I surrender all to You, and I choose to follow you all my days.  When I sin, I will be quick to ask for Your forgiveness.  Thank you that You have promised to forgive me when I do.  Lord, thank you for bringing me into the family of God.  In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

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