What is the Gift?
What is the gift? For an answer to this question, check out what Pastor Chris Heldt from Trinity United Methodist Church has to say. He will provide you with a biblical explanation that will help you better understand the answer to this important question.
Hello friends. My name is Chris Heldt, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. I hope you have had a chance to visit the Nativity on the waterfront. If you did, maybe you saw the question:
“What is the gift?”
Have you ever had a gift that surprised you? One of my most memorable gifts was given to me by my son. It was one of those school Santa shop gifts, and I will never forget it. I believe he was in kindergarten at the time and he came home with the biggest smile because he had bought the best gift ever. When I opened the package, I pulled out an iPhone holder. What made this gift so special was that we were a bit behind the times and still had flip-phones in our household. My son was convinced that he just bought me a new iPhone for $1 because of the way it was packaged. He was so disappointed when he found out it wasn’t actually an iPhone, but I was delighted with the gift. This gift showed me so much about his heart and the gift itself was much more profound than he understood at that time.
What is the gift of Christmas? You probably would say the Christ child, and you would be right! But the gift goes so far beyond that simple fact. Matthew 1:23 states,
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
The gift of Jesus goes straight to the heart of our God. God loves us beyond measure, and He came to us as a child to live among us and give us hope. Through this simple gift, God offers us the chance to be reunited with Him for all eternity.
One of the important aspects of the gift of Christmas is receiving it. The Bible says that all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12). By God’s grace, we receive the gift of forgiveness and eternal life when we place our faith in Jesus as the way to the Father.
Wouldn’t it be great to know that all of your sins are forgiven? You can pray right now:
“Father, I believe Jesus died in payment for my sins and rose again to be with us for eternity. I accept this grace, turn from my sins, and come to you for forgiveness. Thank you for washing away my sins and making me your child. Help me to live for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
I hope you enjoy the true meaning of Christmas this year. Merry Christmas!