The Greatest Gift of All: A Simple Explanation of Christmas
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11” (KJV)
While many of us both give and receive gifts during the Christmas season, God gave us a gift we will never be able to repay. In exchange for our sins and shame, God offered us eternal salvation by sending His son, Jesus Christ, to earth as our Savior.
All we can do in return is accept this remarkable gift and pursue a relationship with the greatest gift-giver of all.
As you prepare to spend Christmas with your friends and family, we encourage you to share not only gifts, but also this Good News of undeserved salvation. You can use this as a tool for explaining the simple Gospel message this Christmas season.
Why do we celebrate Christmas?
At Christmas we celebrate the birthday of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago. But who was Jesus?
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given."—Isaiah 9:6
As Jesus Christ is a child in his human nature, he is born, begotten of the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary. He is as truly-born, as certainly a child, as any other man that ever lived upon the face of the earth. He is thus in his humanity a child born.
But as Jesus Christ is God's Son, he is not born; but given, begotten of his Father from before all worlds, begotten—not made, being of the same substance with the Father.
The Bible tells us Jesus was the Son of God, who came down from heaven to give us the greatest gift any person can ever receive—the gift of eternal life.
By nature we are separated from God because of our sins, but Jesus came to take away our sins and make us part of God’s family forever.
The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
God has promised to pardon the man who confesses his sin and forsakes it.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9-10
This Christmas, your family will probably receive many gifts from you. You will have done everything possible to give them to them—choosing them, paying for them, wrapping them and offering them to them. But they won’t really be their's until they actually receive them and make them their own.
The same is true with Jesus Christ. God has done everything possible to give us the gift of salvation, but we must receive it by reaching out and inviting Him to come into our lives. If you have never done so, accept God’s Christmas gift to you by turning to Jesus and asking Him to come into your life.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with you all, for ever and ever.
HOW DO YOU SHARE THIS GOOD NEWS OF UNDESERVED SALVATION?
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