Christmas - A Time of Giving

It is said that Christmas is the time for giving. When giving, a person is said to be in “Christmas Spirit”. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I give”?

Do I give with the intention to get?

Do I give to make myself feel good?

Do I give hoping the recipient is impressed with how much I spent?

Why do I give?

It is said it is better to give than to receive. Do I give to those who do not give to me?

If I were to give someone something and they gave it back to me saying they did not like it or did not want it, would I give something to them again?

Less a Christmas Tree, Christmas Lights, Christmas Carols on the radio, Christmas Sales at the mall, Christmas Movies, and every other commercialized aspect of Christmas as we know it, what does Christmas mean to you?

How much does greed or poor priorities drive the “spirit” of Christmas?

Do we really appreciate what Christmas is or is it all a bit cliché?

Many of us know or have heard the story of the birth of Christ, the reason we are suppose to celebrate Christmas. I am sure for many we envision a manger, a baby, Joseph and Mary, three wise men and barn animals. Well at least that is the picture that has been placed in our mind through various forms of media.

Why do we celebrate his birth?

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…”

His one and only Son, he gave him. Gave him to whom? Gave him for what?

The gift was a human being given as a sacrifice for the sin of mankind. He was given so I, and you, can have a chance at heaven, spending eternity with God.

He was born to suffer and die so we might live (eternally).

Jesus had to seek the strength of God to see his mission through to the end. He knew he would be tortured and die. God would look on and let it happen. It was necessary.

God sacrificed his son. He watched him be mocked, beaten, torn beyond recognition and every second had the power to end it. Jesus had the power to end it. Amazing Love!

Jesus gave. What did he receive? Doubt, mockery, beatings, whippings, a crown of thorns, and three spike sized nails. Do you think Jesus thought it was better to give than to receive? He knew he would endure inhumane pain and suffering. He knew he had to see it through. That was the mission his Father in Heaven gave to him.

The truth is Jesus did know it was better to give than to receive. He knew he was giving the ultimate gift and regardless of what he received he had to see it through. He was driven by the love of mankind, the same mankind that hung him to die.

Jesus knew his mission. He knew as he was beaten, looking into the eyes of those who were beating him. Looking into the eyes of those watching and laughing as flesh was torn from his body. People stood and mocked, pointed, and scoffed all the time his heart was breaking for them as metal shards dug into his flesh, ripping his skin and exposing muscle and bone.

He did not look at them with disgust or hate. He looked at them with eyes of compassion and love. He looked at them knowing he was going through it all for them and all those in the future. It was all for our sake, not his.

Even at his weakest, most beaten hour he was more concerned with mankind than himself.

Luke 23:34
“"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing…”

Christ gave expecting nothing in return. He gave to give mankind an opportunity. An opportunity that he knew not all will take. Yet he made the sacrifice and gave the gift anyway.

It comes down to choice and acceptance. God gave us the ability to choose, knowing very well that man has the ability to not choose God.

Christmas is an everyday occurrence with God. Every waking day he gives us life, he gives us another day to accept his gift or reject it. The gift of salvation is there waiting for us everyday.

For those that have already accepted the gift of salvation through Christ, God has instructed us to help make others aware of Gods gift. It is available for all but not everyone knows the details. It is our job to spread the details and lead people toward the wonderful gift of salvation.

Christmas is about God’s sacrifice, love and the giving of eternal life. Everyday people reject Gods gift. Does that stop God from offering it? Not at all, now that is the true spirit of giving.

This Christmas take a moment and reflect upon your spirit of giving. Examine your heart and ask yourself, what does Christmas mean to you?

Most importantly in a moment of silence think about Gods sacrifice and gift to you. Have you been rejecting it? Maybe you don’t understand the gift. If not, find someone you feel comfortable in asking about it. God has it extended out to you. You just need to take it.

The gifts we give bring pleasure for a very short time. They become outdated, old, worn out, or forgotten. Gods gift is everlasting. Christ was born, lived, and died as the ransom that has freed us from eternal separation from God.

This message is not about you believing what Scott believes. Christmas is about you, you and God, his gift to you. God wants to have a personal relationship with each of us. It all starts with us taking the gift he offers.

Play the attached song – How Many Kings

Merry Christmas!

Scott Denny
December 22, 2008

Christmas - A Time of Giving

Scott Denny

Green Bay, United States

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This message is as challenging to me as it is to you. Each year Christmas loses a little more of its real meaning.

Look around you….

Christmas trees, Santa, angry shoppers, road rage, sexually explicit Santas Helpers, sexual Christmas songs, commercialization of Christmas, replacing of Nativity scenes with everything from Santa Claus to Pentagrams.

Christmas is the celebration of Christs birth. A birth which represents the coming of our redemption from sin. Some celebrate Christmas and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

As Jesus looks upon the world, do you think he likes his party?



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