The Billings Outpost

Pastor gives reminder of reason for the season

OPINION

By AUBREY KINCAID

There is nothing like the Christmas season! Here are a few of my favorite things about Christmas time: Living in Montana where a white Christmas is almost a sure thing. Drinking eggnog. Listening to Christmas music (for a while anyway). Shopping for gifts. Wondering what your loved ones are going to get you. Visiting friends and family.

But let’s think about gifts for a second. Who does not like getting a gift? I am not talking about “the sweater” that gets re-gifted year after year. I certainly don’t mean those gifts that you try your hardest to look sincerely thankful for.

But there are gifts that show someone loved you enough to study you carefully for a while. Someone listened to you when you said what you wanted and looked carefully for the perfect gift. Then someone took the time and spent the money to get it.

It is giving and getting these kinds of gifts that makes Christmas so great for everyone. But the gifts under the tree are not the gifts that Christmas is all about.

Christmas is not all about the music, the eggnog, the snacks, the food, the snacks, the food, (repeated on purpose for the sake of redundancy) the family, the friends, the decorations, the shopping, the money (the golden quarter for retailers), or any of that.

Christmas is all about and gets its start from the most thoughtful gift of love that anyone has ever given or gotten.

This gift was not given by your Aunt Bertha, your cousin John, or even your parents. This gift had its source in the Greatest Giver: God. The Bible says in Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

God knows us better than we know ourselves. We could say, from our point of view, that He studied us. God listened to us. God spent the time and sent the best He had to you and me. It was not like God just sent His Son from heaven to earth. That was a great sacrifice in itself, but it was just the beginning. He also allowed His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to pay the entire penalty for your sins and mine.

If you have never accepted this gift, there is no time like the present (no pun intended). John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” You can receive Jesus Christ just the same way you receive a gift at Christmas time. Listen to what Romans 6:23 says: “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God has given this gift freely to anyone who will take it. Listen to what Jesus said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

How can you turn down the Greatest Gift from the Greatest Giver Who loves you more than you love yourself? There is no better gift than the gift of everlasting life from the Son of God.

So if you receive God’s gift to you, you still might not get the Christmas presents you wanted. But you will certainly have the Gift you needed the most. The Lord Jesus Christ, more than any other gift, is truly the Gift that keeps on giving.

Aubrey Kincaid is pastor of Charity Baptist Church, 24 Nightingale Road in Lockwood. He can be reached at 860-2755 or at www.charitybaptistbillings.com.

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