At Christmas time we as Christians dedicate ourselves to the celebration worship of Christ’s not only at his birth, but and our living eternal Prophet, Priest and King. We do this with fellowship, songs which glorify him, festive meals, and the giving of gifts. The tradition of gift giving is one which we reflect upon as a tradition, one scripture uses to teach us about giving and also what we have received.
The followers of Christ in the New Testament gave what they had to ensure everyone had what they needed (Acts 2:43-45). The Magi brought gifts to Christ as a child and worshiped him (Matt 2:9-12), and it is noted in Matt 7:11; Luke 11:13, parents give good gifts to their children in caring for them. But in the Old Testament there are a several places where the offerings, sacrifices and service are referred to as gifts or holy gifts, presented to the Lord (Ex 28:38; Lev 23:38; Num 18:6-7, 29; Deut 16:17). These holy gifts, offerings and sacrifices are echoed in the New Testament in the epistle to the Hebrews where Christ’s perfect sacrifice is compared to the imperfect gifts throughout its 13 chapters.
In this message we reflect upon “The Eternal Promise of the Christ” as the “One Superior Gift: echoed in the Law and the Prophets, and fulfilled in the gift of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection. Everything the Lord has presented to us in his Word, through the Law and the Prophets, is given as a gift to testify of Christ, to lead us to him as our only propitiation, that is the One Superior Sacrificial Gift, which could take away the sins of the world, Christ the Lamb of God (John 1:29; Is 53:7; Acts 8:32).
Romans 11:29 says the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable, that is God does not repent of having presented them to his people, on the contrary it was for the joy that was set before him (Hebrews 12:2) Christ willingly offered himself on behalf of those who are his beloved people, if you know him as your Lord, God and King, they are are recipient of the greatest gift in the history of Creation. Knowing him as the Lord is essential, he was born lived and died to bless you with the greatest gift of all, the ability to enter into the presence of God Almighty as one of his precious children forever more.