THE GIFTS THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

What was the best gift or gifts you have ever received? Now that we are in the Christmas season we are now going around from store to store trying to get the best gifts for our family and friends.

But have you ever wonder what was the greatest gift or gifts you received from God? I believe the greatest gift God gave to mankind was his son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. If you are a non-believer I will still ask the question what is the greatest gift or gifts you ever receive? Some people may say their children or their husband or wife. Perhaps some would say their Mother or Father or brother or sister or just a real life long friend. Whatever, your answer I believe God created every gift or gifts because God loves you and wants very much to have a relationship with you!!! In this article, we want to focus what is God’s greatest gift to mankind, Jesus Christ, and what gifts Christ gave to all of us if we only believe in Him.

The very core of all God’s gifts is love as stated in John 3:16… 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. The entire gospel comes to focus in this verse. God’s love is not static or self-centered. It reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships – when you love someone dearly, you are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of his Son, the highest price he could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that he brought for us. When we share the gospel with others, our love must be like Jesus – willingly giving up our own comfort and security so others might join us in receiving God’s love.

I believe that the greatest gift God gave to mankind was Jesus Christ. We must define or at express who this Jesus Christ is to the non-believer. Jesus Christ, as all Christians believe is the savior of the world. Jesus Christ came to redeem all of our sins. Historically, Jesus Christ was a man who lived during the height of the Roman empire. Christians believe that when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross He died for all of the mankind’s sins. Christians believe that Christ rose on the third day after his death to prove that all Christians have not only conquered sin but death with eternal life with God. Christians also believe that Christ sits on the right hand of God and intercedes for all of our sins. The ‘Word of God’ or the bible Christians believe is our guide manual or testament of God’s instruction on how we are to live with God here on earth. This bible has 64 books written by men inspire by God and is divided in the ‘Old Testament’ and the ‘New Testament’. All through the ‘Old Testament’ it tells of Christ coming into the world on example is in Isaiah 7:14… 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel… the word Immanuel in the passage of scripture means “God with us”. Also in Isaiah 9:6… For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us, a Son is given, And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
. Then again in Micah 5:2…“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”…. This Ruler is Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Micah accurately predicted Christ’s birthday hundreds of years before Jesus was born. The promised eternal King in David’s line, who would come to live as a man, had been alive forever – ‘from of old, from everlasting’. Although eternal, Christ entered human history as the man Jesus of Nazareth.

We have express who Jesus Christ is to the mankind now we need to talk about what gifts Jesus gave to all who believe in Him. The most odious answer of one the greatest gift if not the most important gift Jesus gave to mankind is salvation. When we talk about the salvation we are referring to the act of God’s grace in delivering his people (Christians) from bondage to sin and condemnation, transferring them to the kingdom of His Son, Jesus Christ, and giving all Christians eternal life. This stated in the word of God in Colossians 1:13… 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, as well as Romans 6:23… 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. When the verse speaks of the wages of sin is death, they are not talking about physical death but a spiritual death. Besides, we all know whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not that we will all die one day. The question is do you want to die with Jesus Christ or not. Also in this Romans verse eternal life is a free gift from God. If it is a gift, then it is not something that we earn, nor something that must be paid back. Consider the foolishness of someone who receives a gift given out of love and then offers to pay for it. A gift cannot be purchased by the recipient. A more appropriate response to a loved one who offers a gift is graceful acceptance with gratitude. Our salvation is a gift from God, not something of our own doing. He saved us because of this mercy, not because of ant righteous things that we have done. How much more we should accept with thanksgiving the gift that God has freely given to us.

Finally, let’s talk about God’s gift of grace and mercy. While grace and mercy have similar meanings, grace and mercy are not the same. To summarize the difference, mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God’s blessings us despite the fact we do not deserve it. The gift of mercy is deliverance from judgment. While the gift of grace is extending kindness to the unworthy. All through the bible God has given gifts of grace and mercy to His people. God’s gift of was shown in Esther 2:16-17… 16 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of VashtiGod place Esther on the throne even before the Jews faced the possibility of complete destruction so that when trouble came, a person would already be in the position to help. No human effort could thwart God’s plan to send the Messiah to earth as a Jew. If you changing jobs, position, or location and can’t see God’s purpose in your situation, understand that God is in control. God may be placing you in a position so you can help when the need arises. Also, God’s gift of grace is expressed in Ephesians 2:8-9… For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast… When someone gives you a gift, do you say, “That’s very nice – now how much do I owe you?” No, the appropriate response to a gift is “Thank you.” Yet how often Christians, even after they have been given the gift of salvation, feel obligated to try to work their way to God. Because our salvation and even our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise, and joy. When it comes to God’s gift of mercy in Psalms 51:1-4… Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me

thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak,[a] And blameless when You judge... David was truly sorry for his adultery with Bathsheba and for murdering her husband to cover it up. He knew that his actions had hurt many people. But because David repented of that sin, God mercifully forgave him. No sin is too great to be forgiven! Do you feel that you could never come close to God because you have done something terrible? God can and will forgive you of any sin. While God forgives us, however, he does not always erase the natural consequences of our sin – David’s life and family were never the same as a result of what he had done. In another expression of God’s gift of mercy in Romans 6:14-15… 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!…If we’re no longer under the law but under grace, are we now free to sin and disregard the Ten Commandments? Paul says, “Certainly not!” When we were under the law sin was our master – the law does not justify us or help us overcome sin. But now that we are bound to Christ, he is our Master, and he gives us the power to do good rather than evil.

So the gift’s of God that keeps on giving are salvation, grace, and mercy through God’s love for all of us. God will always be there for you if you have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, we all can receive the gifts of God that keep on giving. I have submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember, “Keep the Faith” and “God Loves You and So Do I.”

What do you think? Your comments are always welcome.

Written by Kofi Baruti