Christmas season is coming and it’s coming fast. People are rushing, hurrying, and milling around department stores with aching feet, head throbbing, and frazzled nerves to complete their shopping. Decorating our homes with lights and ornaments and in most homes across America you will find a Christmas tree. It makes us feel so good when our kids or someone else opens a gift, and to see the excitement and joy on their face. Just like us, our heavenly Father knows exactly the right gifts to give and the perfect time as well. He knows our every need. He has purchased special gifts for us. What a marvelous gift that we all need to unwrap and accept, but oh, how often we just put this off thinking “I will think about it tomorrow.”
God has shared His Christmas Tree with all who choose to believe. This tree is not pretty like a department store tree with bright colored lights, tinsel, and ornaments. We acknowledge His tree as the cross. His tree had two limbs in which the light of the world was hung and the light whose body was bruised and beaten by the Roman Soldiers. In Acts 5:30 we find “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree,” and 1 Peter 2:24 says, “who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.” The tree skirt was the cold ground stained crimson from the blood that was shed for the remission of the sins of man. Under His tree are gifts for everyone. Each one labeled with a specific name. His gifts were not bought at a pre-Christmas sale or wrapped in paper with pretty bows, but they were purchased with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. These are spiritual gifts of justification, grace, peace, hope, forgiveness, love, glory, & salvation. To receive these gifts, we must only believe and accept them.
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