As Christmas approaches it is a wonderful time to ponder on the most precious gift. This is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but more importantly the gift of eternal life with God. Yes, it was a gift! There was nothing, absolutely nothing we could have done to earn it. I confidently place my faith in these facts because God said so!
In the gospel of John we read 16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. Having eternal life and being able to be in the presence of God is unimaginable. But the fact that it was given to us by grace is even more unimaginable.
In Ephesians we read 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–9not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9. A gracious gift means it is unwarranted, we don’t deserve it on our own merits. There is nothing, there are no works we can do to deserve it, and that is by design so that not one single person would be able to brag about earning it!
Read it again. It is by God’s grace and our faith that we can have this gift. As we read in Hebrews we are to have faith 1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1. We all have the same offer from God to be absolved of our sins in the only manner He will accept but it requires that we place our faith in His promise.
Now that is the most precious Christmas gift!