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JE­SUS THE GIFT OF GOD

So, God sent the per­fect gift to us – Je­sus Christ. Let’s ex­am­ine the three el­e­ments that we have men­tioned about the per­fect gift, and we will find that the gift of God in Je­sus sur­passes our hu­man ex­pec­ta­tions.

1. JE­SUS IS GOD’S MOST EX­PEN­SIVE GIFT

God gave His Son to us, this was a sac­ri­fi­cial giv­ing. “For you know that it was not with per­ish­able things such as sil­ver or gold that you were re­deemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your an­ces­tors, 19 but with the pre­cious blood of Christ, a lamb with­out blem­ish or de­fect”. 1

Peter 1:18-19 (NIV).

God knew His

Son would be crushed for us and yet He gave Him any­way. God is a gen­er­ous God. You may be think­ing, God knew that His Son would be raised from the dead, so it was noth­ing.

But Je­sus’ death was painful and ex­pen­sive for God.

In Je­sus all the trea­sures of heaven have been given to the whole hu­man race. Chris­tians are unimag­in­ably rich. If you are in Christ, then every pos­si­ble bless­ing that God could pos­si­bly give is al­ready yours. It is an in­her­i­tance, a per­sonal gift from our Fa­ther. Ev­ery­thing you need is pro­vided by God in Christ. Ev­ery­thing you need for your sal­va­tion from sin, spir­i­tual nour­ish­ment, in­struc­tion for life and pro­vi­sion for life; peace, free­dom from fear, di­vine health, pro­tec­tion, pro­vi­sion, is pro­vided by God in Je­sus Christ:

Then God’s gift Je­sus,

2. OF­FERS THE RIGHT SO­LU­TION TO OUR SIN PROB­LEM

God wants to fill our lives with pur­pose and prom­ise but we have a prob­lem ... SIN. Here is what Isa­iah says about the prob­lem of sin, “...your in­iq­ui­ties have sep­a­rated you from your God; your sins have hid­den his face from you ...” Isa­iah 59:2 (NIV). God wants to bless us but can’t be­cause of our sin. This is true for both the non-Chris­tian and the Chris­tian with un­re­pented sin in their lives. a. For the per­son who not a Chris­tian:

As non-Chris­tians, the Bi­ble says all of us are lost with­out God and our eter­nity in Heaven is un­sure. Be­cause of sin, we are with­out His pro­tec­tion and with­out real joy. Some­times God still shows us His favour and per­sons can eas­ily mis­take this favour for His ap­proval of sin, but it is re­ally a tes­ti­mony of His good­ness and His de­sire for you to turn away from your sin. “Don’t you re­alise how pa­tient He (God) is be­ing with you? Or don’t you care? Can’t you see that He has been wait­ing all this time with­out pun­ish­ing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kind­ness is meant to lead you to re­pen­tance.” Ro­mans 2:4 (TLB). If He is good when you were not a Chris­tian, how much more when you are His own. b. For the Chris­tian

Those who have ac­cepted Je­sus as Lord and Saviour have a re­la­tion­ship

with God, but if we is har­bour sin in our lives, our fel­low­ship with God is bro­ken. We are still His son or daugh­ter, but the close­ness of the re­la­tion­ship is bro­ken. We move out­side of the bless­ing of God and ex­pose our­selves to tor­ment and ha­rass­ment by Satan. As Chris­tians, we have un­lim­ited ac­cess to God and walk in author­ity. How­ever, un­re­pented sin bars us from what is right­fully ours. “Your in­iq­ui­ties have turned th­ese away, and your sins have with­held good from you.” Jeremiah 5:25 (NASB)

Every sin is an of­fence to God and has a con­se­quence. God can­not be in the pres­ence of sin and will pun­ish sin. “... be­cause of your stub­born­ness and your un­re­pen­tant heart, you are stor­ing up wrath against your­self for the day of God’s wrath, when his righ­teous judge­ment will be re­vealed.” Ro­mans 2:5 (NIV). If we de­pend on our­selves to live to please God, we will al­ways fall short. We are not good enough and will never be. “There is no one righ­teous, not even one ... there is no one who does good, not even one.” Ro­mans 3:10 & 12b (NIV).

So far, we have ex­am­ined two of the three el­e­ments of a per­fect gift, it must be ex­pen­sive, and meet the need of the re­cip­i­ent. Join us next week when we ex­am­ine fur­ther the fi­nal ele­ment of Je­sus, God’s per­fect gift to us.

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