The greatest gift of all was when God gave His Son in the person of Jesus 'to save His people from their sin'.
But how many of you know that when He gave His Son to die for us that it included gifts upon gifts. It did and I want to share some of those gifts with you this Christmas day. But first lets think about the sacred gift of God's Son.
I don't know what words to use or how to put them down in writing because I cannot fathom in my human mind what Christ went through for you and me. You could watch the most and worst horror movie and it would not touch what He went through for us. It was so horrendous that He pled with His Father to 'let this cup pass from me, but not my will but thine be done'. It was so bad that His pores were shedding drops of blood as He agonized in the garden whether He could do it or not. It was so bad that God had to send His Angels to strengthen Him or He would have died right there in the garden. It wasn't hanging on the cross that killed the Son of God, it was the weight of the sins of the whole world from the beginning of time until the end of time, it was the weight of your sins and mine and every other human being that has lived or ever will live that was killing Him.
You know that when you do something really bad how it weighs on your heart until you make it right. Well can you imagine the weight of the sins of the whole world weighing down upon you, if it were not for our Savior Jesus, our own sins would crush us, let alone the sins of the whole world. I know it is hard to comprehend, I can't comprehend it and I am sure that you cannot but can you accept this marvelous gift that God has given in the person of His Son? Try hard to put yourself in His place, it's impossible isn't it? How would you feel if you gave such an expensive gift to someone and they spurned it, how would that make you feel? How do you think Jesus feels when everything in this world means more to us than He does? It breaks His heart, as a matter of fact that is what He died from on the cross. The cross was a lingering death that took two or three days to die, but Jesus died in six hours, not from the pain of the nails driven into His hands and feet, not from the scoffing of the people, or the ridicule He received, but from a broken heart, He was separated from His Father with the weight of your sins and mine and everyone else and He could not see himself being resurrected from this awful death. At the time when He cried out, 'My God, My God, why have you forsaken me'? He did not know that He would come through this awful death. He thought He was forever separated from His Father in heaven and forever. He did it for you and for me, He died for our sins so that we could have His righteousness and live with Him forever. And we spurn this love, how can it be that we cannot love Him in return and obey anything that He asks us to do, it is only for our good. All the commandments that He has given is only given to give us a better life while we are here on this earth, they are not arbitrary, they were given to protect us and bless us if we would but obey them.
Well, I was going to share some of the other gifts that His death brought to us, but you will have to wait till tomorrow for that. He gave His all for you, what will you give Him? How about giving Him all of you to serve Him with all your heart, that would make Him so very happy. And me too. Have a blessed Christmas day for Jesus and in His Name. Grandma Joan