Christmas Eve Grace

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15 NKJV

While this verse seems to reference the gift of God providing for our every need and our ministries while telling us to be cheerful givers – It is not wrong to take this one verse and apply it to each and every gift that came from God. This Christmas season our minds are on the greatest gift of all – the grace of His sacrifice of His son for mankind. 

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for your indescribable gift!  As always, please, open our ears to hear, our eyes to see and our understanding that we may know you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

When my son was younger he wanted to go away to summer camp. This was something I did with my church growing up and I wish I could have afforded to send him to an overnight camp. Instead I sent him to a day camp. I did send him camping or on vacation with his father – it was difficult without him around. I missed his presence. He could call and we could chat. But it wasn’t the same as having him around.  He always returned safe. 

Christmas marks the day Jesus arrived at overnight camp – or extended vacation here on earth.  God must have missed His Son, as I missed mine. His son was killed. His son fought off death. His son carried away the sins of mankind. His son finally returned. Yeah, I am certain I would not send my son to that kind of a sleep away camp!!!!

Well, I suppose if God told me to, I would (I hope). When God asks us to sacrifice something – be certain that He understands sacrifice in a significant way. And we can also be certain He will never ask us to sacrifice our sons for the sins of all of mankind. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

It’s a time of giving and receiving. The idea is that we give to others – because we are following God’s example of giving.
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 NKJV (feel free to look it up and read from verse 6 to 15)
Therefore be generous as God has always been generous with us.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 NKJV
If it is good then it is of God. But let us get back to God’s ultimate gift to humanity – His Son, Jesus.

As indescribable (and wondrous and multilevel-encompassing) as the Apostle Paul, says to the Corinthians, the gift of Jesus is – he then tried to describe it in his letter to the church at Rome. He does so by comparing Adam and the curse of sin to Christ and the abundance of grace. In Romans chapter 5, verses 12 – 21, Paul lays out an extremely logical side by side comparison which helps define what the gift of Christ really is (and isn’t).

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through oneMan’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:12-21 NKJV

That is a lot to process – but let me point out a few things and then you can read it again and spend the rest of your day pondering its depths.

Verse 15 – “But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.”
Read all that grace again!!! “The grace of God” and “The gift BY THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST” isn’t just given to many – but it abounds, thrives, flourishes, prospers, and overflows! This is the life-changing and transformative kind of grace I am always talking about. Once you have an experience with the gift of grace, there will be an unquenchable fire burning inside you!

Verse 17 – “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
“Receive abundance of grace” because it is a free gift along with the (also free) “Gift of righteousness” – This was just worth repeating.

“But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Romans 5:20b-6:2 NKJV

First, let me point out that the original manuscripts did not have chapter and verse. And when they did create chapter and verse, I cannot understand why they split the sentence found in Romans 5:20b-21.
Now, onto the good stuff, the grace stuff, the given freely from God stuff!!
Here we see whenever there is sin, there is more grace – therefore there is always enough grace to save the sinners, to draw back the prodigals, to free the captives!! There is always enough grace to heal the sick, to release us from Covid-19, to draw man to the signs and wonders of His love and righteousness!  Grace reigns through righteousness to eternal like. In other words – it is grace that saved us, grace that washed away our sins, grace that made us righteous, and grace that gets us into heaven.  It is not a baby in a manger, or His ministry, or His death, or His resurrection – none of these independently works. But when you put ALL of them together into a working function, then it is grace. Grace is not just the favor of God, it is also the gift of all that Jesus did. THIS IS GRACE!
Romans 6:1 continues the concept with a thought provoking question – since Grace is always more than sin – should we just keep sinning (and once you know it is sin and continue you are then committing sin in a multiplying algorithm – sin is increasing) and let grace keep growing, to permit a way back to righteousness??? Verse 2 in the King James Version says “God forbid!” When you start digging into that thought and see all the ways that is translated and can be translated you see that “God forbid” is slightly more accurate – maybe better said as “God forbids it”.  God is telling us not to continue in sin – because it is taking advantage of the sacrifice He made in sending His son and taking advantage of the life, death, and resurrection of His son. 

This Christmas – let us give God a gift. Let us sacrifice areas of our lives that we have not committed to Him, let us give Him our bondages to any sins that keep us captive, and let us surrender the only thing God values, which we have,  our self.  Let us accept the grace and not take advantage of it all.  Let us commit to having a relationship with Him, or re-commit, or just a refresh.  We can affirm our commitment as many times as we like. God enjoys us taking actions that say: I love you and thank you for grace!

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus! 

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