There I was sitting on the shelf; day after day, week after week, year after year sitting on a shelf. It was hopeless, beyond my power to get someone to adopt me. I was powerless to accomplish my goal, which was to be adopted, accepted by a nice family, to belong to a family. I would pray to God to cause this to happen.
One day along came a man, a great man. When He walked, the earth shook. When He spoke, the clouds dissolved. He walked right up to me and said; “I want this wonderful, perfect child. I will purchase him. The storekeeper wants to keep him in bondage, But who can stand against the desires of God. The storekeeper had set the price for me was extremely high. The price was the blood of God’s firstborn Son, Jesus.
But, both God the Father and Jesus the Son knew the purchase price was extremely costly, but he wanted me in their family. They loved me from my beginning.
So here is what happened. If you can believe it the Son of God, Jesus, volunteered to buy me for the Father with His very blood. How could that be? I had no value; I was alone on a shelf, all dusty and somewhat soiled. Boy, that is love! Jesus to sacrifice His life for mine.
Hebrews 10:5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’ ”
So I was bought with the blood of Jesus.
Galatians 3:13 Christ bought us with His blood and made us free from the Law. In that way, the Law could not punish us. Christ did this by carrying the load and by being punished instead of us. It is written, “Anyone who hangs on a cross is hated and punished.” 14 Because of the price Christ Jesus paid, the good things that came to Abraham might come to the people who are not Jews. And by putting our trust in Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit He has promised.
I was bought with the blood of Jesus, so now I am a full-fledged child of God with Jesus the Christ as my elder brother, WOW!!
All this happened when I was sitting on a shelf, without hope, depressed, without a future.
Ephesians 2:12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
This all happened to me because:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
I looked at my birth certificate and in permanent ink is listed my parent, God Almighty.! I was and still am unable to understand the full implication of this fact: I am a child of God. I am a child of God! I am a child of God! God is my FATHER, my Dad.
I have full privileges to enter the presence of God because He is my Father. I can enter the very throne room of God, I can boldly stand in the presence of Almighty God because I am a child of God and Jesus is my Brother. I am a child of God.
John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
I still have to pinch myself now and then to understand that I am a child of God.
Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
The reality of my sonship is still slow to come. I had been on a shelf with no hope and now I was a child of GOD! Not only is God my Father, but my Big Brother is Jesus, the Christ, the creator of all things in heaven and on earth.
Hebrews 2:10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
Thank you, Dad and Brother, for your love to me.
Love is the essence of God. In fact – God is Love. God created man so He could express His love to man. Man was made in the image and likeness of God. But man turned his back on his Maker, God. God gave man the ability to decide. Man has the ability to make choices about his own life by his own will. Man can decide to love or not to love, like God loves. Man decided to follow his own agenda and man separated himself from God.
Because of God’s great and undying love for us humans God gave to us, Jesus, His Son. God’s Christmas gift to us.
God gave us Jesus, born by a woman, and also birthed by God. Perfect God gave life to the perfect human Jesus.
Thus we celebrate Jesus’ birth and call it Christmas.
Christmas presents the reality of life in Jesus. Everyone must see God at some time. Your decision is if you want to face God with life in Jesus or face God on your own.
Christmas is important for each of us. Individually we each must decide if we want Jesus who is God’s Christmas gift to us in our lives.
If you do want this gift, Jesus, you must take the gift of Jesus into your life. So ask Jesus to be His gift to you, your Savior, your hope, your salvation.
Hope you each enjoy Christmas knowing you have accepted your gift from God, Jesus, into your life.
Life with Jesus is good. Jesus said; “I came to bring you life and that to the fullest.”
Merry Christmas to ALL!