Updated: Jan 15, 2020
Merry Christmas, Covenant Church. I cannot say that enough. Merry Christmas. Your singing has been great. We've been singing about the greatest gift ever, and now we're going to look at it.
The whole purpose of Christmas is best summed up with a verse from the Gospel of John:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life, - John 3:16
That's the whole purpose of Christmas. God so loved the world, that He gave. You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. The first Christmas gift was God's gift of His Son to you.
Here's how the Apostle Paul builds on John 3:16:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? - Romans 8:31-32
Follow Paul's train of thought here. If God loves you enough to send Jesus Christ to come and die on the cross for you, He loves you enough to encourage you. He loves you enough to heal your hurts. God loves you enough to comfort you. God loves you enough to give you positive direction for your life. God loves you enough to help you forgive others and to love others and to be kind to others. If God loves you enough to give you the greatest gift of all, then certainly He can be trusted to give you other gifts, too.
Have you ever received a gift inside a gift? I love it when gifts are wrapped that way. You get a box; you open it and there's another box. Sometimes there's an even smaller box. Inside one gift is a bunch of other gifts.
At Christmas, God's gift to you is Jesus Christ. That's the big gift. God so loved you that He gave His only Son to die for you. But contained within the big gift are other smaller gifts. While not of equal value, they are still important gifts.
Tonight, we're going to look at two Christmas gifts God wa