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For us Christ followers, if we are going to spend the effort and money, it seems that we should do so with purpose and not just follow tradition. And, it’s more fun when we celebrate because of genuine appreciation and gratitude as we remember God’s gifts to us embodied in our Christmas celebrations.

1. The Gift of Life – We should be thankful because God gave us LIFE. We became used to thinking that we life is a simple gift, but in reality, it is the most wonderful gift to be given by our Creator.

Genesis 1:28-30

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

2. The Gift of Choice – This provides meaning to our lives.

John 10:11-16 challenges the part of us that thinks of ourselves as hopelessly trapped, bound by fate, by forces outside our control. Jesus reminds us that we have been given freedom to choose. All circumstances in life, even those that appear to be completely restricted, offer us room for choice. Even when we don't realize that we are choosing, we are choosing.

Genesis 2:16-27

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[a] of it you shall surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[b] him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed[c] every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[d] there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[e] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was taken out of Man.”[f]

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

We are free to make choices, but we are not free from its consequences.

Isaiah 59:2

2 but your iniquities have made a separation
    between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
    so that he does not hear.

Genesis 3:17-19, 23

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
    and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
    ‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
    in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return.”

23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.

Deutoronomy 18:15

15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—

Isaiah 9:6

6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[a] his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[b]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

John 1:41

41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).

3. The Gift of Salvation - LIFE—real life that God promises to those who love Him who died to pay the penalty for our sins so we could be completely forgiven of them also rose again from the dead—alive with a new body. God offers this same LIFE to us who believe in Him.

Jesus is the Christ
Messiah (Hebrew)

Anointed One (Greek)

John 1:17 (Grace and Truth)

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Old Testament – Law to Moses. Obey it and Live. Do.

New Testament – Grace through Jesus. Believe and Be Live. Done.

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John 20:31

31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

John 10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

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Application:

Dwelling on the 3 gifts of Christmas will make your celebration more meaningful and give more purpose to your life. What message do you want to convey to those in your household or to those who come to visit you? Give Jesus a chance: a life you won’t regret. He is what Christ-mas is about.