The Gift of Love

Oh how joyous the Christmas season seems with lights, decorations, concerts, tasty foods, and parties. But it is such a time of great stress, stress for going, doing and not having. Yet having the Gift of Love is formidable and comforting. No activities or objects can surpass the value of the Love Gift. This Love Gift is from God who has demonstrated it in the sending of His own Son, Jesus Christ. He alone could grant to us access to God by satisfying His Righteous requirement concerning the payment of our sin.
As the express image of God, Christ became incarnate for the suffering and tasting of death for everyone who believes, and He conquered sin and death by His resurrection and exaltation to Glory.

Three of Jesus’ disciples asked Him questions in John 14. Christ had explained that He was going to prepare a place for us and then return for us. But Thomas wanted to know the way there. Jesus replied: “I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through Me” (v.6). Such a “narrow” way of salvation is a source of great controversy in the world which wants to invoke all sorts of ways to “reach” God.

Phillip asked Jesus to show us the Father and we will be satisfied. Jesus said to him: “have I been with you so long and yet you have not known Me, Phillip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (vs. 8-9). Yes, Jesus is God. He is Immanuel- God with us. He is Messiah- The Annointed One. He is Lord- The Self-existent and Self-sufficient One.

He is Savior-of our souls. He is Prophet, High Priest and King. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Owner of the universe, and much more than words can convey. By God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone we have all the blessings and heritage of God. Those who have been “chosen from the beginning through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (II Thes. 2:13) know their destiny, Eternal Life. What a Gift of Love?

Judas (not Iscariot) asked the third question. “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world. Jesus answered and said to him, ‘if anyone loves Me, he will keep My words, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him’ “(Jn. 14:22-23). Since we have “Christ in us, the hope of glory” (Col.1:27), we understand that the Holy Spirit indwells us and empowers us to contend for the faith.

Paul told Titus in chapter 2:11-14 “ For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men…” This is the Gift of Love, Christ Jesus our Lord. He describes what sort of people we should be…” zealous for good deeds.” Since He has freely given to us all things should we be vigorous in our giving and serving? Reflecting this Gift of Love and the unfathomable riches of Christ according to God’s grace is our daily mission..

For the praise of the glory of His grace…
Tommy Taylor
12-20-09

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