The Greatest Christmas Gift

Merry Christmas! You likely have read about the birth of Jesus in Luke 2, but do you know who Jesus really is?

  1. King of kings (Revelation 17:14)
  2. Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14)
  3. Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23)
  4. Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5)
  5. Messiah (John 1:41)
  6. Saviour Luke 2:11
  7. Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6)
  8. Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6)
  9. The Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)
  10. Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)
  11. Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

These are only very few of the names that the Bible uses to describe Jesus. So how does the Bible describe us through the eyes of God?

  1. Sinners (Romans 5:12)
  2. Short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
  3. Without truth (1 John 1:8)
  4. Unable to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)
  5. Destined to die because of our sin (Romans 6:23)
  6. Unclean (Isaiah 64:6)
  7. Unrighteous (Isaiah 64:6)
  8. Children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3)
  9. Wicked (Psalm 58:3)
  10. Liars (Psalm 58:3)
  11. Abominable (Revelation 21:8)

Christmas is a wonderful time, typically filled with family, friends, joy, happiness, and, yes, presents. Sadly, most reject the greatest gift ever given (and no, I’m not talking about a Lamborghini). You see, God sent His Son – the Messiah, Saviour, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, King of kings, Lord of lords, Emmanuel – to earth to pay the price for our sins. We, who are wicked, unrighteous, the children of wrath, liars, and abominable.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Jesus was born of a virgin, was both 100% man and 100% God, and never once sinned. He lived a perfect, sinless life.

Death is the penalty for sin, and someone had to pay up (Romans 6:23a). Because God loved us so very much, He gave Himself for our sins, dying a cruel death by crucifixion. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).

God died for you and me, paying our sin debt. But he did not stay dead! Three days after his death, Jesus rose from the grave, victorious! He had beaten death, and His blood had paid our debt. “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived” (Romans 14:9a).

God’s gift – the greatest gift ever given – is eternal life (Romans 6.23b). When you turn away from sin, believe on Jesus, and accept the wonderful gift He has given you, you are washed whiter than snow.

You can’t go to Heaven by tithing, going to church or being a good person. You can only go to Heaven if you accept God’s gift to you, and here’s how: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9). When you put your trust in God, every sin from your past and your future has been paid for and is washed away…removed as “[f]ar as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). The darkness is gone, and God sees you as His!

If you reject God’s gift of life, you will be sent to Hell – a real place. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15). “And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:50). God also says about those that reject Him: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:46) I don’t know about you, but quite frankly, the mere description of Hell terrifies me.

Just like the presents you receive on Christmas, you can either choose to accept God’s gift of salvation or reject it.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then this Christmas, remember to thank Him for leaving His kingdom and throne to come to earth to save us.

Christmas isn’t really about the baby in the manger…it’s about the man on the cross, who willingly died to save us from the penalty of death and an eternal separation from God, and then defeated death itself three days later.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and I pray that you accept the gift of salvation and that you share it with everyone that you can.

If you are not 100% sure that you’ll go to Heaven when you die, now is the time to repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or doubts about your salvation, click here to learn how you can be saved.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.

23 thoughts on “The Greatest Christmas Gift

    1. I do celebrate Christmas. It is a holiday to remember Jesus Christ’s birth (even though He was not born on that day). Yes, there are pagan roots to it (just as there are with Easter and Valentine’s Day), but God created December 25th, just like He did every other day. I don’t use Christmas to focus on the presents (although it is nice to both give and receive), but rather to remember Jesus’ birth, and His sacrifice for us. Do you celebrate Christmas?

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      1. You are right, there are some pagan roots in Valentine’s day and Easter, as there are some of the other celebrations that Christians do as well.
        It says in Deuteronomy 12 that God said not to worship Him the way the other nations worship their gods. Have you considered this verse? If God doesn’t want us – His people – to be worshiping Him the way that other people worship their gods, and if Christmas is pagan in root and practice, then why do we as Christians today worship Him in that way?

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      2. I’m glad that you are questioning the world around you and reading the Bible! The technicality is that we don’t use Christmas to strictly worship God – we use it to remember Him, His birth, and His sacrifice. Think of it like Memorial Day. We don’t worship the veterans who sacrificed for our country…we use Memorial Day to remember them. In the end, it comes down to your conscience. If you do not feel that it is right for you to celebrate Christmas (or Easter, or Valentine’s Day, etc.) because of its past, then you should follow God’s guidance. But this is another gray area, such as whether suits and dresses should be strictly worn to church, or if jeans and t-shirts are alright, as long as the person’s heart is in the right place.

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      3. Yes, it’s very important for all Christians should be reading the Bible!
        The problem with Christmas is that the day chosen, the ornaments, the trees and wreaths…they are all pagan. And to loop God in with it is wrong!
        Granted, it is not wrong to celebrate or remember God on that day, but that is not all that people do. They christianize all the pagan aspects of the solstice celebration. If Christians treated the 25 of December as they do all other days – remembering who He is and what He has done, then there wouldn’t be an issue.
        But there is…
        Because God really doesn’t want us to treat Him in the way of the pagans!
        But if you are convinced in your mind that God meant for Christians to treat Him in this way, then that is your decision – as all decisions should be. It is my opinion that it is wrong to celebrate Christmas, but that is between me and God just as your celebrating Christmas is between you and God. Also, there are many gods that where born on December 25, including, Mithras, Horus, and Krishna.
        Thanks for discussing this with me! Some flee from topics like this when their beliefs are challenged.
        But if you want to do a little more research (as I would very much so suggest), here is a video that will help you greatly with that:
        https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+christmas+question+question+full+documentory+YouTube+119&docid=608044997428121436&mid=B885A74EB375C117B178B885A74EB375C117B178&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

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      4. Thank you for your opinion. I don’t mind answering these questions – if no one is going to challenge me on my beliefs, then how can I really know why I believe it? I will take a look at the link that you sent, and I also wanted to send some to you (note, I’m not trying to ‘prove’ that you should celebrate Christmas…but these are stated more clearly and eloquently than what I can say): https://answersingenesis.org/christmas/is-christmas-pagan-holiday/ and https://www.moodymedia.org/articles/should-we-celebrate-christmas/. Happy New Year!

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      1. Okay, but if we are saved, how do you know that we will go to Heaven? This probably sounds weird to you as you probably have not considered it before, but the Bible never says that we will go to Heaven. Heaven is God’s home…not ours. At least, this is my current understanding. Do you have any verses to support the idea that we will go to Heaven?

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      2. You’re right. The Bible does not come right out and use the phrase “those who are saved will go to Heaven”. However, the Bible describes it as a place where God’s chosen go. Take, for example, 2 Corinthians 12:2-4. First, Paul was caught up to the 3rd heaven (verse 2), and later in verse 3, the heaven is referred to as “paradise”, which in Luke 23:43, Jesus tells the thief on the cross that he would be with Him in paradise. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Matthew 7:21, and John 3:3, are other verses that point towards the idea that those who are saved get to spend eternity with God, who is in Heaven. Good job asking questions!

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      3. Hello.
        In my translation it does not say in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 that Paul was taken up to the third Heaven, it says “Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know-God knows”. So I am interested as to why you think that it is talking about Paul.
        I think that God is talking about NEW JERUSALIM.

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      4. I have to say that the difference between New Jerusalem and Heaven is not something I can reply on today. It is a thought-provoking question that will require me to do a good amount of research to support my answer. I will make sure to write a post on it soon and then reply with the link. Thanks for asking such good questions!

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