Monday, December 23, 2013

The Gifts Under the Tree

I am sure for most of us one of the joys of Christmas is gathering around the tree with family and friends giving and receiving gifts. But I would like to take you to a different tree. It isn't a tree decorated with lights that shine in darkness, but a tree where the light of the world gave His life so that we would never have to be in eternal darkness. It isn't a tree decorated with red ribbon, but a tree stained with the blood of a Savior. It is the tree of the Calvary, the cross. It is the place where Jesus died. It reveals the ultimate meaning of Christmas. It expresses the real reason why we celebrate. There are 12 gifts beneath this tree I would like to unwrap with you. 

1. The Gift of Salvation: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. 

2. The Gift of the Holy Spirit: Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

3. The Gift of Gods Word: 2 Peter 1:3 by which have been given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 

4. The Gift of Hope: Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have (implied its been given)  as an anchor of the soul both sure and steadfast and which enters behind the presence of the veil. 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

5. The Gift of Peace: John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither  let it be afraid. 

6.The Gift of Mercy: 2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore since we have this ministry we have received mercy. 

7. The Gift of Gifts: 1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a gift  so minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 

8.The Gift of Answered Prayer: Matthew 21:22 Whatever things you ask in prayer, believe and you shall receive. 

9.The Gift of Ministry: 2 Corinthians 5:18 all things are of God who has reconciled us to Himself, by Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 

10:The Gift of All Things: 2 Peter 1:3 As His divine power has give unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called you by glory and virtue. 

11. The Gift of Eternal Life: 1 John 5:11And this is the testimony, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 

12. The Gift of His Son: Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all how shall He not with Him freely give us all things.