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The Greatest Gift

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I wrote this essay for one reason, to show the unconditional love of God and the Amazing Grace He has poured out on mankind. It is truly the most beautiful love story ever!

Christmas is the season of giving gifts because we celebrate the time when God so loved the world that He gave! We are made in His Image and Likeness, so we do the same. Who among us does not enjoy receiving a gift from someone you love? I remember as a young boy the anticipation on Christmas Eve, patiently waiting for Santa Clause to deliver our long awaited gifts. It was the most exciting time. 

What greater gift is there than life? We all desire to live well – it’s in our DNA. The story of the fall of man is not some made up fairytale but true reality. When God created man, both male and female, He made a covenant with them and gave them dominion and authority over everything on earth. Our original parents relinquished it.

Instead of believing what God said about their true identity, they believed a lie from the enemy. When this happened, they and all their descendants became slaves. Instead of staying true to God, they committed adultery with a stranger (Satan). As a result, God ‘divorced’ them and drove them from the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life. 

In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul writes if a married woman leaves her husband and marries another man, she will be called an adulteress. The only way that she can legally marry another man is if her first husband dies. Only then would she be free from the law binding her to her first husband.

Another law found in Deuteronomy 24:1-4 states that if a man divorces his wife and she remarries and her new husband dies, her first husband cannot take her back. God says this would be an abomination. 

Let’s put this in perspective. We are a rebellious people (the unfaithful wife) who has gone after every other lover and shunned our Creator, our true Husband. God, perfect in all His ways, could never join Himself back with us. It is impossible for Him to go against His own word. This is why Jesus of Nazareth, our Bridegroom, came as the Son of Man, born under the Law, to redeem mankind.

The first ‘husband’ had to die in order for us to be free to remarry. We are the bride and Jesus is the Bridegroom. He sought us, the pearl of great price, and sold everything to purchase and redeem us to Himself. He fulfilled the Law by being the First Husband Who died so we could be free from the Law to be reunited in marriage with our Creator. 

We have been given the greatest gift that could ever be given. For God so loved us that He gave Jesus of Nazareth, His Only Begotten Son, that we might have life here ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!

Our prayer for you this Christmas season is that you have life and have it more abundantly than you ever imagined. (John 10:10, Ephesians 3:20)

If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you’ve done.

You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:

Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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15 thoughts on “The Greatest Gift

  1. What a beautiful explanation of God’s grace. Christmas, as well as Easter, is a wonderful time to remember this gift from God. May all of us reflect upon it throughout the seaon and 2019.

    1. Thank you, Carol!

  2. Sorry I always get hung up on “unconditional love.” If a person were to read this and think, “Hogwash! I do not need God.” Would you say that God loves that person unconditionally? Will He not display His justice in such a case? I always think of Psalm 5:5, “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.”
    I am not trying to be antagonistic – I just question this and it is often taught.

    1. Beth, I think God loves unconditionally but love doesn’t negate the need for justice. I believe that God loves all of His creation, even the fallen Lucifer (though He certainly doesn’t love the sin that Satan embodies and perpetuates). God’s love for us is what necessitates Him to give us free will! We are free to choose to separate ourselves from Him, but we can’t be separated from His love for us (Romans 8:31-39). If we choose sin over God, He gives us the wages of that choice (death), because He loves us. Unconditional love doesn’t equal unconditional salvation. At least, that’s my take from scripture. What do you think?

      1. Hi David! Great post, and an excellent synopsis of how God can love us unconditionally yet the need for justice is real. People have a great misunderstanding of this side of God’s character. We must remember that God is Holy and justice is a mode of holiness. God’s justice doesn’t mean He doesn’t love us – it’s part of how He loves us, actually. He is the Just Judge and Christ is the perfect mediator since He became a human being and understands what the human experience entails. That’s Good News!

    2. Beth, thank you for your response and feedback.

      I was that man who said Hogwash! I grew up in a church that was completely ‘religious’ but there was no substance in the relationship. It simply did not exist. I shunned God and went every other way I could think of. I cursed God in all my actions and He was never even a blip on my radar screen.

      Now when I think back over my life and the absolute grace He poured out on my life, I am blow away. Several hundred times that I can think of (and there are many more that are erased from my blurred past), I should have been killed at the hands of those who hated me for good reason or just some of the stupid things I should not have recovered from. He loved me through it all. I now know that I did need God and am now fully devoted to Him.

      I believe if Hitler would have turned to the Lord and repented for all his atrocities, he would have received forgiveness. Why do I say this? King Nebuchadnezzar, the most wicked Babylonian leader was equal to Hitler in his dealings with Israel and yet at the end, he lifted his eyes to Heaven and acknowledged God as God.

      I’ve stopped listening to all the things man says and I listen to that quiet whisper from God telling me how much He loves me. I tell you, it’s the most beautiful, comforting reality that can be known.

      1. GOD IS AWESOME, in spite of ourselves He still loves us! Thank you David & Michelle for shining the light to all you meet. Bless You & MERRY CHRISTMAS Y’ALL!

  3. I agree with your statement: “We have been given the greatest gift that could ever be given.”

    I am so grateful for this gift!
    I pray for those who have left this gift unopened…

  4. Praise God for His love!
    Thank you for the reminder. I could hear this everyday…sheep like I wander away in my mind and forget too often He is the covenant Keeper faithful even when I am not.

  5. Thank you for this beautiful explanation of God’s mercy and grace. Truly an amazing gift!

  6. Dear David!

    Sure, that’s our DNA 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, David.

    Sincerely
    Edna Davidsen

    1. A very merry and blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones!!!!!

  7. You are so right – this is truly the greatest love story ever. Thank you for this!

  8. David, that was an interesting examination of some of the Old Testament imagery we see of God as the betrayed Spouse, primarily in his interactions with Israel, but, yes, also in the Garden. I think the jealous heart of God is best portrayed in Ezekiel 16. I’ve heard that chapter described as listening in to the neighbors’ lovers’ spat through the thin walls dividing your apartments.

    God is love. A God who loves with the passion of our God “gives himself away” repeatedly. While dealing out consequences in the Garden, he promises to crush the serpent’s head by becoming one of us. And then, he does, shaping all of history and his chosen human lineage, so that he can send his own Son to die for us and to rise again for us. He chastises and cherishes, punishes and relents, rebukes and forgives, instructs and sanctifies. He dies. He rises again. He pursues us. He does whatever it takes to win the Beloved. You’ve captured that passion well.

    1. Melinda, that was a beautiful response. I agree!

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