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Grace of Christmas

Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated by most in this country. Even those who do not call themselves Christians celebrate the holiday in some form or fashion. Many see the holiday as a season of peace and good will toward men. A time to spend with friends and family. A time to show friends and family how much you care for them. During this season, there are parties and get-togethers, cookies, candy and cakes. Festive meals and festivals of music and entertainment. Traditions abound. But through all of this tradition and festivity, many have stripped the holiday of the cause — Jesus and just embrace the effects — the gifts, the celebrations, the traditions, and so on.

But if it wasn’t for God sending his Son into the world to redeem it, there would be no holiday. There would be no Christmas. The Christmas season is all of God’s grace

Ever since the beginning of man God has been gracious to bring about Christmas.

Think with me a bit about God’s grace of a redeemer

Grace to Adam — Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. And at that point God could have given them what they fully deserved. But in His grace he still desired a relationship with them and with mankind and he promised a redeemer (Gen. 3:15)

Grace to Abraham — It was through Abraham that God was going to bring the promised redeemer to save all the nations. (Gen. 12:1). And this wasn’t some promise that Abraham would not be able to enjoy during his lifetime. This grace wasn’t just pie-in-the-sky, but God gave Abraham and Sara a son in their old age. A son for them to enjoy — Isaac.

Grace to David — God showed grace to David by choosing him to the king of Israel. That grace was initially given to Judah (Gen 49:10), and then to one family out of that tribe — David’s. The promise that the king of Israel will always be from David’s line; the promised Messiah would be through His seed.

Grace to Ahaz — God showed grace to King Ahaz, by giving him a sign. He wasn’t asking for a sign, but God gave him one anyway. A sign that this Messiah could not be just any man, but a man that would have a unique birth. He would be born of a virgin. What a wonder. What grace!

Grace to Mary — God showed his grace to Mary. She found favor in God’s eyes (Luke 1:28). Mary was a descendant of David, through Nathan, and of Abraham, but weren’t there others who fit that description, but she found grace in God’s eyes. The messianic seed would come through her.

Grace to Joseph — David was also a descendant of David , but through Solomon. It was through this line that the heir to the throne would come. But weren’t there other descendants that could fit the description. But God showed his grace to Joseph to be the human father to His son Jesus. To be the guardian, protector, and provider for the Messiah during his childhood.

Grace to the shepherds — The house of Israel has always been keepers of sheep. They were keepers when they went to Egypt. King David was a shepherd .Jesus would be the Great Shepherd. And so these Shepherds found grace to be the first ones to hear the angelic announcement of the birth of the Messiah. As shepherds they found grace to be the representatives of the house of Israel for that historic birth announcement.

Grace to the Wise men — God gave them grace through a star. The announcement of His son’s birth came to the gentiles and to the kings of other nations. He was to be the savior of all the world. Grace.

Grace to Gentiles — Jesus came to his own — the nation of Israel, but his own received him not (John 1:11). But he came to be Savior to all, not just to Israel. And grace is shown to the Gentiles (Rom. 11:11)

Grace to you — But God’s grace is not just shown to groups of people, and nations, but it is shown to the individual. And His grace is not limited to Biblical times and Biblical people. But it is for now and it is shown to you. Christmas was about the individual. The gift of God to the individual.

“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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)

God’s gift to the world — His only Son to be their Savior — is a gift of grace.

“But by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)

Now there is nothing wrong with giving of Christmas gifts, and having Christmas parties, and celebrating the time with friends and family. But let’s not forget Jesus. For He is the true Christmas gift.

Salvation is the free gift of God that needs to be received by each. Have you received the gift of Christ as Savior? If you haven’t, would you do so today?

If you would like to receive his gift by faith, you may do so right now. It is a personal decision that must come from your heart. Don’t ignore the gift that God has ready to five you. Receive him today!

Pray to God

admitting that you have sinned against him (Rom. 3:23) and that you deserve death (Rom. 6:23a).

believing that you know that God loves you and died for you (Rom. 5:8) so that you may have eternal life (Rom. 6:23b)

calling on the Lord to save you on the basis of what He has done for you (Rom. 10:13), and to personally accept him into your life to be your Savior and to help you to live in a way that pleases Him.

Scripture References

Rom. 3:23     All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Rom. 6:23a   The wages of sin is death

Rom. 5:8        God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom. 6:23b    But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom. 10:13    Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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