The greatest gift of all

While many of us give and receive gifts during the Christmas season, our Heavenly Father gave us a gift that we will never be able to repay.

In exchange for our sins and shame that mankind has suffered from since the days of Adam and Eve, God offered us the undeserved gift of eternal salvation by sending his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth as our Lord and Savior.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6

The King of Kings was born into human flesh in the humblest of surroundings, a stable in the city of Bethlehem. The Virgin Mary wrapped the newborn baby in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.

A manger was an open box in a stable meant to hold food for livestock. Jesus would later declare that, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”. -John 6:35

When Jesus confirmed the New Covenant and the restoration of Peace on Earth between God and mankind during the last supper with his disciples, he declared:

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you’” -Luke 22:19–20

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’”. -Matthew 26:26–28

God had a plan for his only begotten son that would result with his birth into human flesh, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the only Being capable of becoming the perfect sacrifice, once for all, that fulfilled the sacrifice that God’s justice and holiness required for the eternal salvation of mankind.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” -Luke 2:10-11.

Rejoice this day and every day in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Merry Christmas

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