December 22, 2014

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“God wishes You a very Happy Holidays!”

Perfect Gift of God and Eternal Life bible verses:

James 1:17 “Every good gift and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights.”

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Happy Holidays (lights)
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Happy Holidays from God!

Seasons Greetings.  Jingle Bells and Silver Bells.  What a Wonderful World, Winter Wonderland … tis the season to be jolly, fa lalalala lalalala.  God is VERY HAPPY to wish you a very Happy Holidays.

God loves holidays … and God loves giving gifts … AND God is a great gift giver!

Bible verses Happy Holidays and the Gift of Eternal Life
How ’bout you?

Do you enjoy the holidays?  Are you ready for a gift or two?

The best thing about gifts is ………………………………………… they’re freeeeeeeeeeee!

It is true,

God has a free gift – a good gift, perfect gift – for YOU.
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

James 1:17

“Every good gift and PERFECT GIFT is from above and comes down from the Father of lights.”

Sounds festively holidayish!

Lights.

A perfect gift.
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

What could this gift be???

Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

“God has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in our hearts … and nothing is better than to rejoice and to do good in our lives; and every man (and woman) should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his (or her) labor—IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD.”

Life!

God has given you life (existence).

Even better,

God has given you eternal life (eternal existence).
Bible verses Happy Holidays and the Gift of Eternal Life

He has ‘wrapped’ eternity on your heart like a gift or present from His very own Self.

Bible verses Happy Holidays and the Gift of Eternal Life
Sounds like silver bells ringing!

But,

Such an extravagant gift sounds too good to be true?

There is one ‘string attached’.
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but THE GIFT OF GOD is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Death?

That’s a holiday spoiler.

God says our sin is like a Grinch that steals the ‘gift of life’ away from us.

Bah humbug!

A rather unbeautiful ‘bow’ on the gift of life from God.

If the gift is life,

And if the holiday cheer is meant to be a life lived to the fullest and enjoyed …

What joy and peace can be found in a gift of life that ends in death?
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

GRACE … the free gift of grace!

Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses
Gift, gift, gift, gift, gift, gift.

6 times in the verses you are about to read, God says He has given a gift to everybody.
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Romans 5:15-18

“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.  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. 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. Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act THE FREE GIFT CAME TO ALL MEN (AND WOMEN), resulting in justification of life.”

Yes, sin is the Grinch that stole life from all of us.

Sin has ‘scrooged’ us all.

But,

It is the gift of grace that overcomes the grinch of sin and death.
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

It is the free gift of grace – Christ’s gift – that gives us eternal life if we accept it by faith!

Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Ephesians 2:4-8

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sin, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD.”
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Ephesians 4:6-7

“One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all.  To each one of us grace was given according to the measure of CHRIST’s GIFT.”

Like any other gift,

Gifts from God must be received; gifts must be accepted.

You and I will choose either to receive God’s gift … or not receive it.

Jesus said it this way,
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Mark 10:15

“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not RECEIVE the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

Also the Bible says,
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

John 1:12

“AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, to them He gave the right to become children of God, those who believe in His name.”

Have you received God’s gift?

Have you accepted God’s gift to you?

The gift of life.

The gift of grace (salvation).

The gift of eternal life.

Please know,
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

God is calling out and inviting you to receive His gift.

Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses
And once you receive it,

It is irrevocable, secure, paid for by the riches of God, and forever yours!
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Romans 11:29,33,36

“For THE GIFTS AND THE CALLING of God are irrevocable … oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! … for of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

God says all you have to do to receive His gift is …

Receive it, repent, believe,

and your sins will be remissed!
Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Acts 2:38

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.”

God says that if you receive His free gift of grace, Christ’s gift, not only will He give you the gift of eternal life, He will give you yet another gift …

The gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of His very own spirit.
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2 Corinthians 9:15

“Thanks be to God for HIS INDESCRIBABLE GIFT!”
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Happy Holidays from God!

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His gift is indeed indescribable.

His gift is irrevocable, always yours once you receive it.

Let’s close with a quick story from the great gift giver Himself:
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John 4:10,13,14

“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘IF YOU KNEW THE GIFT OF GOD, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.  Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But THE WATER THAT I SHALL GIVE HIM (or HER) will become in him or her a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
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God wants you to have your happiest holiday ever!

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Won’t you ask God to give you His gift – the gift of eternal life with Him?

And if you already have, enjoy His gifts more than ever this season.

Have a very, very happy holidays!

Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

Perfect gift of God and eternal life bible verses

JESUS the ‘STAR’!

Part 2 of 10 – Christmas Bible Study on the 10 ‘S’ Names of Jesus in the OT:

Jesus the ‘Star’ Old Testament bible verses

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Born this Day star
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“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Jesus the star old testament bible verses
Most of us are familiar with that little children’s rhyme.  My two year-old certainly loves singing it at the present.  Most of us probably are not familiar with the rest of the rhyme.

“In the dark blue sky so deep,
Through my curtains often peep,
For you never close your eyes,
Til the morning sun does rise,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!”

Most of us adults still ‘wonder’ at the stars, don’t we?
Jesus the star old testament bible verses

For thousands of years, people have been pulling back the curtains to peep at the stars … to watch them twinkle, to watch them move, to watch them and wonder.

Jesus the star old testament bible verses
And what a ‘wonder’ they are.  At first glance, stars seem insignificant. Tiny. Way out of reach from our world.  Yet, as our glance turns to a gaze, stars become much more significant.  They are indeed massive.  Great balls of fire and energy that put out an amazing amount of heat and light.  And, it is only because of their great size and energy that we can see them at all on our tiny, little world.

Stars are no small matter, no insignificant thing.

They are big.  They are beautiful.  They are bright, and for thousands of years they have entertained us, guided us, and helped us track time. As we continue our Merry Christmas Bible Study, the 10 S’s Names of Jesus in the Old Testament. We turn our attention to the Star of the Bible.

According to the Bible …
Jesus the star old testament bible verses

Jesus is the Christmas ‘Star’!  He is the Star that shines until the Sun rises.

Jesus the star old testament bible verses
Most of us are familiar with another song that’s sung throughout this season.

“We three kings of Orient are ,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.”

This song comes from the Christmas story found in the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, approximately two years after Jesus was born.
Jesus the star old testament bible verses

Matthew 2:1-2,9-11

“Now after JESUS was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,
behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying,
‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?
For we have seen His STAR in the East and have come to worship Him’,
and behold, the Star which they had seen in the East went before them,
till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
When they saw the Star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
And when they had come into the house,
they saw the young Child with Mary His mother,
and fell down and worshiped Him.
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him:
gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Jesus the star old testament bible verses

But, the Story of the Star began long before Jesus’ birth.

Jesus the star old testament bible verses
The Wise Men from the East had ‘seen’ His Star before it ever appeared on the horizon.  They had ‘seen’ the Star ‘shining’ on the pages of the Old Testament before it ever shone in the skies above.  Way back in the Book of Numbers, a prophet named Balaam was ‘seeing stars’ … actually, he found himself seeing a vision from God about A STAR.  He recorded the vision with these words:
Jesus the star old testament bible verses

Numbers 24:16-17,19

“The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
and has the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of the Almighty, with eyes wide open:
‘I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near;
a STAR shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel …
Out of Jacob One shall have dominion …”

Jesus the star old testament bible verses
God told Balaam thousands of years ago that a ‘Star’ would shine.  A Star out of Jacob (Judea, Bethlehem).  So, it was no surprise to the Wise Men to see a BRIGHT NEW STAR shining in the East on that first Christmas morn’.  They knew exactly what it meant.  They knew the reason it shone with ‘royal beauty’ and ‘perfect light’.  That STAR foretold in Numbers had entertained their mind for years.

For years, they had peeped from behind the curtains looking for that distant ‘Star’.  And now, the time had arrived. The ‘Star of Wonder’ shined and guided them on their way, right to place where Jesus lay.
Jesus the star old testament bible verses

Jesus is that Bright and Morning ‘Star’.

Jesus the star old testament bible verses
God promised long ago that He would send a Star … a Star to shine on us … a Star to show us the way … and a Star to signal God’s time on earth. It is this ‘Star’ that led the Wise Men to Him, and it is this same ‘Star’ that will lead us to Him if we too are wise.  Come and worship the ‘Star’!

You no longer have to wonder … or even wander in the ‘night’.
Jesus the star old testament bible verses

Revelation 22:16

 “I, JESUS, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches.
I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

Jesus the star old testament bible verses
Jesus is here to shine in the deep blue dark of night until the Sun rises.

A Star is for night, and the Sun is for day.

Jesus the ‘Star’! and one day, perhaps one day very, very soon,

He will be our ‘Sun‘.

Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star
Other related Bible Studies:
Jesus the ‘Seed’!
Jesus the ‘Scepter’!
Jesus the ‘Son’!
Jesus the ‘Savior’!
Jesus the ‘Servant’!

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