The Greatest Christmas Present

John 3:16

When it comes to this time of year it seems we most often overshoot the objective.

Many of us will spend more money than we have attempting to fill the void we leave in others’ lives. We have taught our children this is the time of year we break the bank. We make sure people know what we have bought our kids, spouse, whoever, because it is important that they/ we have the best.

THE BEST.

One of my favorite Christmas stories comes from the secular world. As with anything Holy. The world makes an effort to insert its thoughts on how it could be, should be.

The Little Drummer boy has always been dear to my heart. Though it is wrapped up in imagination the climax of the story is a poor little drummer boy gives the best of what he has, to offer to the child king. Who is none other than JESUS.

Like so much that has been passed down through the ages, we have gotten so far from the true meaning of best.

God in His tender loving grace and mercy has taught us what it is to give the best. Here in this well-known scripture we see what it looks like.

  • For God.
    • (Genesis 1:1) In the beginning God… (Hebrews 1:1)  God, who at sundry…
      • Nothing to support His existence, nothing afterward to explain where, how or what God is, just God!
    • The only explanation God gives for Himself is in His conversation with Moses.
      • Ex 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:
    • Here Jesus is making a definitive statement. God!
      • Why? Because it is settled. Jesus knows God. He is God, He came from God and is going back to God.
    • The one thing we must have settled in our heart of hearts is that there is a God who created us for His design and interacts with His creation.
      • He has purposely brought you into this world. He has specific plans for you. He actively engages you through various means.
      • He loves you and wants you to love Him back. Not just like, not just honor but genuinely love Him which will be evident in how you live.
      • Listen to the words of our Lord Jesus:

If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:15
  • Anything less is a lie.
  • So loved.
    • If God just loved the world it would be enough, but this little word so is not put there as a filler. It carries significant meaning.
      • It is like saying God loved to such an amazing, over the top, indescribably, intense, degree.
    • Jesus came to this sin sick world so God’s creation would know how much He loved them.
      • He sent His best.
    • Paul a sold out servant of the Most High desired for believers to understand the love of God
      • So it would compel them to know and experience Him.

Paul prayed for the Ephesians

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; (17) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;(19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19
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  • What is the breadth (width), length, depth, height of this SO!
      • Understand it is foolishness to even say we can measure the unfathomable love of God.
      • Here is an attempt to try and comprehend the very least of its magnitude by one who has experienced it.
  • The width. How wide is God’s love?
    • We used to sing a little song, He’s got the whole world in his hands…
      • God’s arms encompasses the whole world that all are included. There are none beyond His grasp. There are not any that escapes His eye.
      • Though its broad in reaching it is fine in application. It is personal. When it says He loved the world it means He loves each one in it.

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Ezekiel 33:11
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2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2 peter 3:9

  • You’re here today, you have been selfish, mean spirited, proud, hateful, deceiving, consumed with your life and no time for others. God loves you. Waiting for you to repent to turn away from what is killing, destroying you and come to Him to receive life, fulfillment.
  • Length. How long is the love of God?
    • He gave.
      • Length by demonstration.
    •  True test of love. To what length will it go?
      • What length did God go? How much does he love you personally?
      • (Romans 5:6-8)  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
      • While we were yet sinners. While we were still enemies with God. He initiated. He pursued. He demonstrated His eternal love towards us.
    • For God SO loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.
      • The begotten one, which is His title. The only one.
      • The best He had. Something so precious, so endearing He gave for you.
      • He allowed Him to taste the pains of death to suffer at the hands of His own creation.
      • To feel the debt of sin. And He did it for you.
    • God gave. Something He had something of His own.
      •  Man had no claim on it. It was a free and unmerited gift.
  • Depth. What is the depth that God’s love will go?
    •  To the depths of hell.
      • We are hell doomed, hell deserving sinners.
      • We are not on trial waiting our sentence.
      • Judgement has already been passed.

(Joh 3:17-18) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:17-18

  • Those that refuse to believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God, are guilty of the grossest insult to the Divine majesty.
      • In neglecting, slighting, and despising the salvation which the infinite mercy of God had provided for them.
    • Therefore will receive just compensation for their choice.
      •  An eternity absent from anything, lovely, peaceful, beautiful, Godly. Suffering torments of fire, thirst, darkness that you can feel.
    • (Joh 3:17-18) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned:
      • God’s love is saying He already suffered this hell for you. Trust Him.
  • Height. Everlasting life.
    • The height in infinite. I’m going to heaven. A place we can only imagine. There is nothing we have seen are heard can compare to the glory we get to share.
      • The biblical writers did their best to describe what was revealed but our words fall so short.
    • You know why I am going to heaven? Because I preach? Because I said a prayer? I was baptized? I was good part of the time?
      •  None of this would matter. I have gained entrance to heaven because God saved me. God pursued, God called, God saved.
    • God gave His best.
      • I gave nothing. I have nothing to offer. He gave everything.
    • Heaven is icing on the cake.
      • Everlasting life. Jesus is my life.
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  • Imagine.
    • Giving you children, grandchildren, your loved ones a special gift.
      • And like a child they would rather play with the box.
    • In this scripture Jesus reveals the gift He has for us.
      • The very best.
      • It doesn’t take batteries, it never wears out.
      • Its value only increases.
      • It cannot be lost, stolen, or threw away.
      • And it comes with a guarantee!
    • Sadly, many would rather play with the box
  • imagine
    • I reckon the most heart breaking thing for God is to have to watch as day in day out His creation rejects his Best.
      • This supreme, sacrificial love.
      • And chose to play with the box.
      • Squander their life here and spend eternity apart from Him.
    • I suppose the second most heartbreaking thing is to watch His people those who call Him Lord and have surrendered their life to him.
      • Fail to experience all He has instore for them. To live life.
      • And chose to play with the box, simply because not willing to invest and grow in their relationship with Him.
    • God loves you and wants you to love Him back. Not just like, not just honor but genuinely love Him which will be evident in how you live.
      • The world needs to see His best. He has chosen you to reveal it in.
      • To your children, grandchildren, friends, loved ones. This crazy, confused, lost world.

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