Read John 1:9 – 14
Presents… For many children these are what Christmas is all about. Now that I am a parent, I get to re-live the excitement of Christmas morning vicariously through them. I do remind my children that Christmas is all about the Presence. I do not mean the 6 billion presents that people give and receive from loved ones, but the true presence of God in our lives.
I want you all to know the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus (the Word) came into this world in the form of a baby and dwelt among us. This is God’s gift to all of humanity. The Bible says that those who put their faith and trust in Jesus have received the greatest gift of all. The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 3:11-12 that through Jesus Christ, we may now stand in the presence of God with confidence and assurance knowing that we are His children and He has given us the gift of eternal life.
We can and should have confidence that we will receive the gift of eternal life. The gift of God (The Word/Jesus) has been given to humanity because of His great love for us. The present of God’s presence in our lives through the Holy Spirit is the greatest gift we could ever receive. Receiving the gift of eternal life through Jesus gives us the ability and right to stand in the presence of God with confidence. This confidence is not based upon what you’ve done, but what He has done for you. You can now stand in the presence of God, guiltless and without sin because of what Jesus Christ has done for you. This, my friends, is the greatest gift of all.
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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