Tuesday, 20 December 2011 10:42
More than 2,000 years ago, a child is born in Bethlehem and he was the most wonderful gift of all. The Scripture reveals that the angel Gabriel appeared to a virgin whose name is Mary and said to her, “The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:28-32)
Jesus I his adult life asked his disciples who they think he is. Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).
Soon we are going to celebrate Christmas Day, and Jesus is the greatest gift of all. He offered his life on the cross of Calvary as a free gift of salvation for the sins of the world. Are you going to trust His redemptive work and receive and accept Him as your Lord and Savior? Or are you going to reject Him?
To receive a gift requires that we agree to a need. Doesn’t every act of giving require a giver and a receiver? God, the giver holds out the gift to everyone. It is not his will that anyone should perish (2 Peter 3:19). We must agree as the Spirit of God shows us that we are, indeed, sinful creatures in need of God’s forgiveness and grace.
“Unless you repent, you will likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). Repentance means to change our mind, to turn. We must change mind about our condition and our direction away from God, and turn to Him. “But as many as received Him (Christ), to them He gave the right to become Children of God” (John 1:12).
We receive Christ by an ingenious method that only God can devise, it is not by works, because our abilities would vary and everyone would not have an equal chance. It is an opportunity that is equal regardless of intelligence, sex, age, race, social status, or wealth.
It is by faith. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and not of ourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2: 8-9).
To receive, we must acknowledge out need and who He is. We simply turn to Him by faith and put our trust and reliance to Him. Is Jesus Christ your Savior?
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR
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