UNWRAPPING THE GREATEST GIFT
"And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins." Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."
Gifts are certainly wonderful things. Most people love to unwrap a present and find something special inside. Can you imagine receiving a gift and failing to unwrap it? You don’t really know what you have until you take the time to check it out.
I heard about a lawyer in Ohio who received a special gift by a wealthy client for services rendered. After unwrapping the gift, the lawyer discovered a beautiful leather wallet. He was not interested in the wallet and simply gave it away to the shoe-shine boy working on the street. Needless to say, the lawyer was extremely forlorn when his client asked him about the gift … and the $5000 cash he placed inside it as a bonus. It was a gift within a gift, but he failed to notice.
2000 years ago, God gave us His Son, wrapped in swaddling clothes. He was the greatest gift ever given, a gift within a gift as this little baby was the creator of the world and the Savior of all mankind. Tragically, the majority of people missed the treasure that was right before them—God in the flesh!
The prophecy concerning Jesus is that He would be Immanuel, God with us. Why would God want to be with us?
As you prepare your heart for Christmas, remember His wonderful name Immanuel, God with us. No matter how difficult, cranky, and cantankerous you might be, Jesus still loves you and wants to be with you! Why don’t you yield yourself to Him and enjoy the unfathomable gift of His presence!
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.
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