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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Dec. 22, 2010 - The Greatest Gift

By Ron Johnson

Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas or a complete surprise, we love to receive gifts. Nothing can brighten our eyes and put a smile on our face quicker than to receive a gift from someone we love.

We also find great joy in the giving of gifts. It’s delightful to watch the face of a loved one as they open a surprise gift. Truly, two of the greatest joys in life are that of giving and receiving gifts.

I’d like to share with you the Greatest Gift of all. It’s the Greatest Gift because it comes from our Heavenly Father who is the Greatest Giver. It springs from the greatest motivation of all, that of His divine love. It’s also the Greatest Gift because it is given to the neediest of all, lost men and women dead in their trespasses and sin.

In John 3:16 we read the central text of the gospel. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (ESV).

The Greatest Giver — God
The Greatest Giver is God Almighty the Lord Supreme, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. The fact is, we can’t comprehend the power, glory, majesty and holiness of God. Yet God in His infinite magnitude is the Greatest Giver of all. The Lord God emptied heaven’s bank in order to provide this wondrous gift. He sent His only Son.

The Greatest Motivation — Love
The motivating factor behind this gift is God’s love: “For God so loved the world.” God’s response to our great need is that of love. He reaches down from heaven with compassion and gives us His best.

The apostle Paul tells us, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Even though we were lost sinners alienated from a holy God, Christ willingly offered himself as our redeeming sacrifice.

Paul continues this theme in Ephesians 2:4,5 where we read, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved.”

The Greatest Need — The World
In contrast to God, who is the Greatest Giver, we as lowly sinners stand helpless before Him as the neediest creatures of all. This offends our sense of human pride and self-worth, but concerning our salvation from sin and its resulting condition of death, we are helpless and hopeless. We are fallen creatures utterly unable to redeem ourselves.

Without God we are lost and without hope. However, God is more, so much more than holy, righteous and just; He is also love. Love couldn’t leave us without hope. Love gave the needed righteousness in the Lord Jesus Christ that we may be saved.

Too many people love the celebration of Christmas but haven’t yet received the greatest gift. Have you received the gift of eternal life through Christ? Or do you just hold it as sacred, admiring its beauty from a distance? Do you love the Babe of Christmas but are unfamiliar with the person of Jesus?

If you haven’t already opened your heart and received “the Greatest Gift,” please receive Christ today.

“Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ. I would like to receive the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I ask You to forgive me. I ask, Lord Jesus, that You would come into my life. I receive you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.”

May you have a blessed Christmas!

— Ron Johnson ministers at Gospel Publishing House at the Assemblies of God national offices in Springfield, Mo., and attends Central Assembly of God.



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