The Package – It’s A Wonderful Life!

THE SEASON OF GIFT GIVING

This time of year has become the season of gift giving.  Everywhere you go you see people running around putting forth so much effort to purchase the perfect gift – and we ask “WHY?”.  What is the reason behind this?  It could be that there is someone much loved and we desire to give them a gift that will make them very happy or that satisfies a specific want they may have.  Maybe we intend to give a gift to impress someone or we give out of duty because it is expected. Then there is the person who really doesn’t deserve a gift – but because we love them a gift is given.  Many people even go into debt to buy gifts for family and friends.  And then there is the presentation!  More time and money invested for the wrapping in order to create a beautiful package.  Gift-giving can bring pleasure to both the giver and receiver!  When a gift is given from the heart, the giver can become more excited than the receiver – just to see their reaction – especially when you know the person really needed the gift!

GOOD NEWS!

Did you know that EVERY living being on this planet has an almost UNBELIEVABLE gift package that was chosen with the MOST thoughtful care and the cost was the highest price ever paid?

There is a God in heaven who has prepared a beautiful gift package for EVERY one who will accept it and meet the conditions.  This package includes many precious benefits and provides the means to a wonderful life!  The benefits are outlined in the following scriptures:

Psalm 103:1 - 5:
(1) Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
(2) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
(3) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
(4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
(5) Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Almighty God in heaven has given us a package that CANNOT be matched!!  This Psalm written by David lists five wonderful gifts that are ours from God, our Redeemer.

FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS

Colossians 1:14: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

HEALING FOR OUR PHYSICAL BODIES

Matthew 12:15: But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.

REDEMPTION FROM THE END RESULT OF A SINFUL LIFE

Titus 2:14: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

BESTOWING (CROWNING) US WITH HIS LOVING KINDNESS AND MERCIES

Hebrews 8:12: For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

SATISFACTION!

Psalm 107:9: For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

All of the human race is searching and working to be content, satisfied and happy in this life!  Most of the population are doing their best to bring happiness, good health, prosperity, and security for the future to themselves and/or their families.  Many make huge sacrifices to accomplish these goals.  These things can be had by anyone who desires them.  It simply starts with the forgiveness of our sins (the first benefit mentioned above!).

All of mankind has a record of sins that need to be repented of and through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and the shedding of His blood, those sins can be forgiven.  The slate is wiped clean and we become a new creature – no more record of sin!  Oh, how wonderful and marvelous to experience that instant change and to be able to live a holy life every day – with no regrets!

Salvation is truly the BEST gift – just ask those who have received it!

Yes, it is a wonderful life!

Warmest Wishes from Brother & Sister Wilcoxon!

Please join us this Sunday for worship service!