Dear Windermere friends and family,
Week 50 – Gifts you can’t steal
Our Staff Windermere Christmas party was this week. I am sure many of you have been to your own church Christmas parties. Most Bible study classes have one. Since Windermere is a place of fun and adventure, we had a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Everyone brings a gift and takes a number. One by one each person can take a new gift under the tree or steal a gift already opened by others. I have a feeling you have played this game at time or two. (Watching my team play makes me wonder if they are Christians)
As we approach Christmas, the thought occurred to me that there are some presents that you cannot steal. If you were to think about the purpose of Christ coming then look at Galatians 4:4-7 –
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:4-7
During the Christmas season consider the three presents God gave us through Jesus Christ-
The Cradle v. 4
Simply stated, this one born of a woman was the link between a loving father and a lost world. He was God becoming a man to communicate God’s love to a people who could never understand it any other way. God’s love cannot be stolen.
The Cross v. 5-6
The key word here is redeem. It means to buy back, to make an exchange for something you consider a great value. We were all condemned and yet unbelievably Christ came to buy us back. If you ever wondered how much Jesus was willing to pay to buy us back, just look at Jesus on the cross.
The Crown v.7
God has made us an heir. He has promised to give us everything we need because we are His sons and daughters. We are the King’s kids! When Jesus died all that was His became ours. God has put our name in the will of his son, Jesus. He is not going to take it back.
Why did Jesus come? He came in human form to identify with us. And He gave His life on the cross to redeem us. He came to redeem us so that we might inherit all the blessings God has for us.
This Christmas, remember this – you don’t have to steal the best presents.
Jesus paid the price so we might have the best presents – the cradle, the cross and the crown.
Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
(Please enjoy the holidays. My blog will take a break and will come back in January. Merry Christmas and Happy new Year.)
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John W. Bailey
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