JESUS: THE GIFT OF GOD
It is written, “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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17) Giving is love; love is giving. Gods giving is an expression of God’s love for all of His children. God gave a very expensive gift. The gift of God is a sacrificial gift that is meant to redeem man from every form of condemnation. The gift of God is a precious gift and is meant for everyone to preciously accept it. As precious as it is, He does not force it on anyone to receive it. Jesus becomes the gift of God to us.
Word gift is described as: something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone. Looking at some synonyms of the word gift can also punch enough understanding of what the gift of God is to man: donation, contribution, offering. It should be concluded that with love, God donated to us a life saver; He contributed what it takes to be safe; He offered us life jacket.
The gift of God is available for all who desire it and accept it. God in His infinite (immeasurable, inestimable) mercy gave a gift which there is no excusable condition not to accept His gift. Jesus, the love of God, came unconditionally and makes Himself available without any condition. His statement in John 10:10 buttress the testimony of God, “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” God gave His love and His love declared Himself. Have you received and believed the Love of God; the gift to have life abundantly? For anyone who receives and believes the Love of God is granted access to living life abundantly. God does not lie and His Word does not return back to Him without fulfilling its purpose. Romans 10:9 identifies what it takes to have the Word of God manifest in the life of an acclaimed receiver of the love of God, “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” It is not possible for a true acclaimed believer to confess with their mouth and believe in the heart and not be one that conducts themselves according to the Word. However, not behaving what is confessed with the mouth and believed in the heart is the evidence of not being a believer. One cannot mix the Word of God with the world and have the Word respond with power. Imagine mixing a cup of Coca-Cola with four cups of water. Indeed the color might not fully disappear but it will never taste or serve the same way as the undiluted cup of Coca-Cola.
Truly, believing (behaving) the Word of God is having the fear of God in one’s life. With the fear of God, one takes a place under a banner that is impenetrable to the wicked. The Bible testifies the banner of God, “You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth.” (Psalm 60:4) Are you one who fears God in your walks of life?
Ones who receive and believe in the living Word of God have allowed Jesus to take a stand as a banner over every affair of their life. Isaiah 11:10 testifies about Jesus, the root of Jesse stating, “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.” The banner set by God is to protect, heal and deliver us from all of our afflictions.
Are you one who is denying Him from being a covering upon your life? God does not waste words. He means what He says He will do if you will live life as one who has received and believed with the heart and not just with the word of the mouth. Allow His banner to be your covering and His signs over your life shall be evidence and the adversary shall be denied.
God gave His only begotten son because He loves us. In this season of celebration, consider giving back to God your love. To love God is to fear God. To fear God is to obey God and live by the word of His command. Give back to God just as He has given unto you.