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Throwback Thursday: The Gift

THE GIFT

 

And she brought forth her firstborn Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,

And laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7 (NKJV)

 

As we wrap our gifts this Christmas, focus on the gift that Mary wrapped in swaddling cloths, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true gift of salvation to all who repent (Acts 2:38). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23). This gift of eternal life is more precious than anything we can wrap in shiny silver or gold paper. It is the gift that rescues us from eternal damnation. While Jesus Christ spoke to the woman at the well, He said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

Even the faith we place in Christ and the grace by which God saves us are gifts. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8).

Salvation is so much more than eternal life in heaven. A Christian is never alone. God is always there providing for us, protecting us, and purifying us. He hears our prayers and calms our fears. His love for us is without measure.

Christmas is a very busy time. Make time for Christ this Christmas season. There was no room for Him at the inn when He was born, but Christ must be a priority in the life of a Christian. Praise Him and meditate on the excellent gift that He has given you.

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the gift of salvation, the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We praise Your holy name! Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read these verses and notice what each one says about the “gift of God”: Acts 8:20,

Rom. 5:15-18, James 1:17.

 HIKING THE TRAIL

As you find yourself in conversations about gifts, even at the check-out, tell people about the gift of God – Jesus.

 Copyright 2012 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Throwback Thursday: At a Price

AT A PRICE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him…

John 19:17-18 (NKJV)

As I came into the house after my walk, I thanked God as usual. I am almost totally blind, and I normally walk alone. Therefore, I always thank God for keeping me safe from harm. That particular day I was giving details in my thanks. “Thank You, God that I did not fall down or become a victim of some crime. I really thank You that I did not get hit by a car…” That is when I realized that He has rescued me from something much worse than getting hit by a car.

I began asking God for forgiveness. He has kept me from an eternity in hell. Not only have I been saved from the horrors of hell, but that cost Him something. It costs Him nothing to keep me safe every day, but the price for my salvation was extremely high. It cost God His only begotten Son.

How could I be so grateful for safety without thanking Him daily for the enormous price of my salvation? This needs to go beyond the simple gratitude for saving me. I need to be reminded of the cross of Christ every day. I want to remember the beatings which pierced His skin. I want to remember the thorns pushed into His head. I want to remember the nails in His hands and feet. I want to think about the splintery cross as He hung there gasping for air.

We get so caught up in today – our needs for today, our blessings for today – that we sometimes forget that all this doesn’t cost God anything. Our salvation cost Him everything. I still thank God for my safe walks and rightly so, but I make a point to remember how He rescued me at a price.

Lord Jesus,

Help me remember the enormous suffering You endured on my behalf. Thank You for making it possible for me to receive salvation. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 19:1-24.

HIKING THE TRAIL

During this Easter season, reflect upon the great price that was paid for your salvation. If you have any doubts about your salvation, ask God to forgive you for your sins, and commit your life to Him. If you have questions, feel free to contact me: devotionsforyou@gmail.com

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.