I was asked a few years ago by some friends, “What is the most expensive Christmas Gift that you've ever received?” I thought for a few moments, and surprising to myself, I answered, “Just under $20 billion!”
They laughed at me and said, “You’ve got to be kidding!” I answered, “No, to be accurate, it was exactly: $19,470,400,000.00.” “Who in the world would give you something that expensive?” I explained that this is the amount Jesus paid for my sin in His “Parable of the Unforgiving Servant” (Matt. 18:23–35).
How can any person pay back that amount of money? It seems astronomical, but this is today's gold price, and the average price we all owe God for our sin. Only those who have not sinned need not pay - which means everybody owes God! (Rom. 5:12).
However, there is good news! Jesus came as God in the flesh (Jn. 1:1) to save us (the world) from sin. And that is the "real reason for the season", and why we even celebrate Christmas in the first place!
"...Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned... and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many." (Rom. 5:12-15 NIV)
The first Christmas Gifts were given when the Shepherds, guided by the angels, visited the baby Jesus (Lk. 2:15–18). Then the Wise men, guided by the Star of Bethlehem, brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and worshipped Him (Matt. 2:9–11).
The Christmas Gifts of Jesus Christ are amazing grace gifts that are recorded in the New Testament of the Bible (his Christmas Catalogue). There He tells us how to receive forgiveness of sin, Salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the 15 Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Cor. 12:8–10), and about the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–24).
We can also read about receiving eternal life that He reserved for us in heaven (his New Jerusalem - Gal. 4:26). Also the New Testament reveals the New Covenant we have with God, His plan for our lives (Jer. 29:11), and about His exciting signs, wonders and miracles (Heb. 2:4).
His initial Christmas gift is really two gifts in one and referred to as the "Salvation package". It is made up of two components, first, the "forgiveness of sins", and then, the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit." It is important to receive both if we are to be recognized as an “authentic believer" with the "signs following" (Mk. 16:16-17).
The most exciting thing about Jesus’ Gifts, is that they are available all year long for each one of us - children, teens, adults, seniors, all men and women. Peter explained it this way, “And it shall be that whoever calls on the Name of the Lord (Old Testament, Yahweh; New Testament, Jesus) shall be saved” (Acts 2:21; 38).
At a recent house meeting in Sudbury, Ontario, I asked a young woman, “What would you like to have prayer for?” She said, “I don’t know!” So I asked her, "Have you asked Jesus to forgive you for your sin?” “Oh, yes”, she answered. I replied, “Then the next step is to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit!” She responded, “Oh, no! “My pastor said that I am not the kind of person who can receive the Holy Spirit." I replied, “Your pastor is wrong! God shows no partiality to receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit" (Gal. 3:28).
Peter said, that “Whosoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:21, 38; Gal. 3:28). I asked her, “Are you a ‘whosoever'?” She said, “I think so!” "Then you can receive the Holy Spirit!" I remarked.
Then I asked five other people nearby, "Are you a whosoever too?” And they all answered “Yes”. I prayed with each one individually, and each person received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in their promised tongues-languages (Acts 2:4). The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a essential part of our Salvation package (Mk. 16:16–20).
If you have not yet received your heavenly Christmas Gifts from Jesus, He wants to give them to you now! This includes Salvation (Jn. 3:16), the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), rededicating your life to Him, a Gift of the Holy Spirit, healing, direction for your life, deliverance, or any need you have. I invite you come to one of our house meetings or contact me and I would be happy to pray with you.
Let’s make 2016 the best year for harvesting people into the Kingdom of God! We wish you an exciting Christmas for 2016!
Yours in Jesus,
Copyright © 2016. The Gordon Williams Evangelistic Association. All rights reserved.
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About GWEA Ministry
Our "Holy Spirit" ministry emphasizes the necessity of the grace gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the Bible scriptures.
Our ministry helps people to receive Salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, healing, deliverance and other spiritual gifts from God.
Also through our services, many have received miracles, healing, revival and renewal.
We are available for Sunday services, evangelistic and camp meetings.
Rev. Gordon Williams
Scripture of the Month
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will follow those who believe:
In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents;
and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen!"
(Mark 16:16-20 - NKJV)
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