The Christmas Gift For All
When I was growing up, although my family and I were not Christians, we liked to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Somehow, we liked the ‘magic’ of Christmas as we listened to the Christmas carols being played in the shopping centres. We also liked the idea of giving gifts to one other as it was fun. Our family bought a Christmas tree and we always spent time to decorate it during the Christmas season as we felt it was fun getting all the family members to do such a project together. My parents would buy presents for us and we really enjoyed the idea of opening our presents on Christmas morning. My siblings and I also enjoyed singing the Christmas carols and although we could even memorize all the words of the carols, we really didn’t know and didn’t care to know what they really meant.
It was my liking for Christmas carols that drew me to the church. When my colleague brought me to her church to join their Christmas carolling team, I learnt that all these merry-making was due to the fact that God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth at Christmas time some 2,000 years ago, to save the human race from our sins. I realized that as human beings, we were all lost in our sin and in need of a Saviour to save us and to guide us to live the lives that we were supposed to live. God’s Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth as an ordinary Child in order to identify with us, and He loves us so much that He died in our place so that we can experience life with Him eternally.
However, I also learnt that just knowing that Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins was not enough. I needed to not only believe in Jesus but I also needed to personally receive Him into my life as my personal Saviour and Lord. As such, in 1974 I prayed and thanked Jesus for saving me from my sins, and I told Him that I would like to receive His gift of salvation. After saying that prayer, I felt a special peace and joy in my heart.
My first Christmas as a Christian was magical as my eyes and ears were now opened to see and hear things that were spiritual. For the first time, I began to understand the meaning of the wordings in the familiar Christmas carols. I also began to understand why we put up the Christmas tree – as a reminder of the everlasting and abundant life that God wants to give to us. I also started to know why we gave gifts to each other – as a reminder of God’s greatest gift to us, the giving of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
After I have received Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour, Jesus becomes my constant companion. He assures me of His unconditional love and that gives me courage and confidence to face the world. When I am sad, He comforts me. When I am confused, He directs me. He guides me in my career and helps me in all my relationships with my friends and relatives.
I am so happy that I’ve received this special gift from God more than 40 years ago. I pray with all my heart that you will also accept this gift of God into your life. God gives this gift to everyone because He loves us so much and wants the best for us, so that we may experience freedom to live the life that we are meant to live when God first made us.
Do you also want this special Christmas gift? If you want this gift, all you have to do is to pray and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and thank Him for His gift of salvation. Tell God that you want to receive the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ and to have your sins forgiven. Tell God you receive Him as the Lord of your life. After your prayers, read the Bible daily and go to a church regularly. Join us at River every Sunday, and let all of us partner you in your spiritual journey of getting to know God, your Father in Heaven.
Let us pray together.
“Dear God, I thank You that because of Christmas, because of the birth of Jesus, the world is never the same again. I thank You that with Jesus in my life as my Lord and Saviour, I have the greatest gift. I thank You that this gift of Your love and salvation is new every day, giving me the strength and purpose I need every day. I pray that I be refreshed each day by Your love and continue to be a blessing to many people around me. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”