God's Invitation and Gift
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Have you ever gotten an invitation to attend a special occasion, like a Christmas party, a wedding or something of that nature? We all have probably seen invitations that required a RSVP. This means “please respond” and usually within a certain timeframe. To ignore the invitation is really an insult to the person inviting you. God has a special invitation and a gift with your name on it. It’s personal. It’s for you; it has your name on it.
We celebrate Christmas and rejoice over God’s most precious invitation and gift to us. The birth of Jesus Christ is a gift from God. It’s a gift we don’t deserve. But the gift of Jesus Christ explains His purpose for mankind.
This special invitation and gift from God was not an afterthought. Before there was a stable in Bethlehem, before Adam and Eve ever set eyes on each other, God decided to send His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. From the beginning, God knew mankind would fall short of His Holiness and His Righteousness. That mankind would fall short of His Glory. That is why God’s Word proclaims that Jesus Christ was slain from the beginning of the world. God’s decision from the very foundation was that Christ would come to this earth to live and die and rise again from the dead. God’s gift to us proves His purpose to redeem us.
Christmas is all about God’s invitation and gift in the deity of Jesus Christ. Christmas is not about decorations or shopping or the gifts under a tree. Christmas is about a gift God gave on the tree where Christ died for our sins. God invites each one of us to come into His presence, to believe and receive His free gift, eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Will you respond to this RSVP from God? Today is the day of salvation!!!
Posted on Wed, December 12, 2012
by Keith Knight