In the beginning was God. Gen 1:1 says the earth was empty and God gave it life. This was the first gift. God breathe His soul into His creation. Thus the earth was full of God’s character. The Old Testament is an account of how man used and misused this special gift. This is Christmas past
The birth of Christ represents God’s second gift. He gave the earth and mankind, His Son Jesus so man could understand God’s character. When Simeon saw the Christ child, he recognized the second gift God provided mankind. He praised God and offered a blessing to Joseph and Mary. (Luke 2:22-35)
During His three years of public ministry, Jesus showed the world the greatest gift possible; the gift of life. John 10:10. This is Christmas Present.
The Holy Spirit gave John a look into the future (Revelation 21). John describes the final gift from God – A new heaven and a new earth for the old has passed away – A New Jerusalem full of God’s character. God now dwells with his people and they dwell with Him. This is Christmas Future.
The Christmas story is now complete.
Have you received the gift of life Jesus offers? If not, just ask Him. The gift of life is available to all who will receive it. How? Read this from the depths of your heart.
I’ve been living for me and I’m not happy with the result. I realize I cannot live that way any more. Please forgive me for pushing You aside. Now I ask that You come into my heart. I am stepping aside and want to accept the gift of life you offer. Thank you for forgiving me and thank you for renewing my heart.
May you experience the peace of Christ this Christmas season. It is truly amazing.