by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Christmas is over and the wrapping paper is discarded. The toys are being ignored and Christmas cards are in garbage bags.
The things of this world fade with time. Man’s idols and empires are dead and false messiahs are in their graves. Money is shredded and material wealth is languishing in landfills. Everything in this world will expire because the fleshly is temporal (2 Peter 3:7-11).
If we desire a gift that will be timeless, we must turn to the spiritual for answers. It is the only thing that lasts (Matthew 25:31-34, Matthew 25:46).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, NKJV).
Jesus is God and existed before time began (John 1:1-5). He was called to be our Savior, so we can have our sins remitted (Romans 5:6-11; 1 John 1:7).
Jesus came into this world in a different way and walked among us as human but sinless and perfect (Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:23; 1 John 3:5). God called him to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus became the “author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).
Jesus was a gift sent to the entire world but he will only be manifested in the lives of those who obey him. We must accept him as Lord and Savior (Hebrews 11:6). Realizing that we hurt God with our sins, we repent completely (Luke 13:3-5). Accordingly, we confess him before the world as our Savior (Matthew 10:32).
Having submitted to Christ, we give ourselves to his cleansing hand and have our sins remitted in the waters of baptism (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16).
Jesus becomes the limited, unlimited. He is unlimited because he was sent to the entire world. Yet, his glory is limited to those who are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
However, a price must be paid if we will accept the gift (Mark 8:34-35). If we will accept Christ, we must accept the entire package.
“If you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
Jesus is the greatest gift that comes with the highest price but carries the loftiest reward.