Accepting God's greatest gift to you
December 22, 2010
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
I heard about a man who was putting a lighted Christmas sign in his yard that said ‘Noel'. So he brought down the four letters n-o-e-l from the attic and took them out to the front yard. Well, it was a cold and rainy night, and he was fumbling and bumbling with those letters, trying to get them lined up and saying some very un-Christmas like things in the process!
So when he finally finished, he went and plugged the sign in. And when the lights came on, instead of n-o-e-l, the letters spelled l-e-o-n. Now couldn't you just imagine some guy named Leon driving by, seeing his name in lights and saying, "Man, that's just for me!"
Now, while that sign wasn't meant for someone named Leon, when God sent Christ to the world, he did mean it for you. He gave you a gift with your name on it. For God so loved you… put your name there… that he gave his only Son. And because he loved you, you can take that love and share it with others.
As I reflect on this passage, I wonder how much love is in that little word, "so." The apostle Paul tried to describe it by speaking of the height and the depth and the breadth and the length of the love of God (Ephesians 3:18). But how can you measure what's immeasurable? All you and I can do is experience the love of God and know that love is for real and forever!
GOD CAME AND GAVE YOU THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST! ACCEPT THIS GIFT BY TRUSTING IN HIM FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS.
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
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