It’s Christmas 2015, a time of giving gifts to others. Suppose you receive a really special gift, and immediately thank the person who gave it to you but then try to pay for it. It’s normal to accept gifts freely with appreciation, without attempting to pay for them. At Christmas time, we celebrate the greatest gift ever given- Jesus Christ. John, in his gospel wrote, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” But Suppose someone were to say, “What a nice thing for you to do Lord. I will pay for it by turning over a new leaf, giving to charities, and going to church every Sunday.” Would anyone do that? Yes, many try to work their way to heaven by good works, or performing religious activities. Paul explained that the way to forgiveness, and to heaven is “not by works of righteousness that we have done…” The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” And That’s a minute of truth!
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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