| Parousia Patris Perspectives
Vol 2 No 9 Luke 1:78 December 2007
As the world rushed on around the manager scene that night so many years ago, so it clamors on today. We rush out to buy gifts for those we love. Finally the moment arrives when we are settled around the Christmas tree with anticipation.
The height of joy comes at that moment when a gift is unwrapped. The sparkle in the eyes, the expectant look of something good, comes upon the recipient’s countenance as they begin to unwrap the gift. In our memory’s heart we may reflect on these moments with affectionate repose as time marches on and a New Year begins. Presents are put away or used, some forgotten. There is one gift that we always have with us—God’s GIFT.
Let’s consider now unwrapping God’s personal gift to you.
It’s a marvelous gift: A Gift of:
A Loving Gift Everlasting Love
A Living Gift Everlasting Joy
A Lasting Gift Everlasting Peace
“Because of God’s tender mercy, the LIGHT from heaven is about to break upon us to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us into the path of peace.” (Lk 1:78) God’s gift, Immanuel began with a cradle, went to a cross and received a crown. He did it all for you and me.
The Gifts of JESUS are God’s:
Free Gifts Holy Love Glory upon us
Perfect Gifts Pure Love Gracious Favor
Inherited Gifts Abiding Love Goodness & Mercy
We can never completely unwrap God’s gifts. “And of His fullness we have received, and grace for grace—one gift after another, blessing upon blessing heaped upon us.” Jn 1:16 God’s gift multiplies within the Gift of Jesus.
Mary received the first gift from God that first CHRISTmas. It began when the Holy Spirit told her she was “highly favored with God”. Do you know that same gift is yours? You can be “highly favored with God” too. If you accept the Gift God has for you. Let His Holy Spirit enter your heart and let Jesus be “birthed within you”, as Mary say, “Behold the bondservant of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” Trust and Believe in FAITH.
God offers you, in Jesus His:
Forgiveness Hope Power Wisdom Vision Shepherd
Faith Healing Protection Wealth Victory Savior
Freedom Heaven Presence
Nothing can separate us from this Gift of God’s Love. (Rom 8:38,39). God gave His very best in Jesus and He just keeps on Giving. Will He not give us all things needful in Him? (Rom 8:32). And God has given to us JOYFULLY—Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is a victorious savior/warrior. He will exalt over you with Joy. He will be quiet in His love. He will rejoice over you with shouts of Joy.”
None of us is worthy of this unlimited, indescribable gift. Yet God so loved us that even while we were yet sinners He gave His Son, Christ to die for us that we might live with Him. God’s gift is “for all people”. He gave it first to Mary a poor peasant girl, then to lowly shepherds, and wealthy wise kings. For whosever will believe and accept His gift just as Mary did. Jn 3:15,16
Jesus is His gift who keeps on giving. He continually intercedes for us and His blood cleanses us from all our sin. He is preparing us a heavenly home. We like Mary have “favor with God” thru His indescribable gift, we can continue “unwrapping” for a lifetime—an eternal lifetime! Jesus is the Greatest Gift you can ever receive. Won’t you accept His gift? He will set you free and bring light into your life. Bow down before Jesus and give Him your gift--the gift of your heart. Let Jesus be Lord and Savior of your heart today, and begin unwrapping that indescribable, everlasting gift of God’s love for you in Jesus. Blessed CHRISTmas to you.
“May God bless you with His special favor and wonderful peace as you come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better. As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive His own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, He has given us all of His rich and wonderful promises. . .” Receive God’s Gift of Jesus, and start unwrapping His indescribable, immeasurable, everlasting gifts. You will never be disappointed—forever!
firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 1393 Ava, MO 65608 BHG---©2007 Pamela Gray Karges
Dedicated to the honor/memory of my Mom, Sue Rouse receiving the gift of her First Christmas with Jesus.
I’M SPENDING CHRISTMAS WITH JESUS CHRIST THIS YEAR!
I see the countless Christmas trees,
Around the world below.
With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars,
Reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular,
Please wipe away that tear
For I’m spending Christmas
With Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs
That people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can’t compare
With the Christmas choir up here.
For I have no words to tell you,
The joy their voices bring.
For it is beyond description
To hear the angels sing.
I can’t tell you of the splendor.
Or the peace here in this place.
Can you just imagine Christmas
With our Savior, face to face?
I’ll ask Him to light your spirit,
As I tell Him of your love.
So then pray one for another
As you lift your eyes above.
Please let your hearts be joyful,
And let your spirit sing,
For I’m spending Christmas in heaven,
And I’m walking with the King!
For all those who have loved ones who have gone on before us, may we be encouraged. Though they are not present with us, they are present in the Heavenly City worshiping and praising Jesus in wonder and awe. If we belong to Jesus, we too someday will enter into the JOY of His Presence and celebrate His wondrous gifts in worship and praise to Him.
Mom, Granmother, Great Granmother Sue Gray Rouse we miss you this Christmas. There will be an empty seat @ our Christmas table and tears shed, but we know you are banqueting with the King. So @ the same time, we rejoice in the Gift of His Love that took you into His Glorious Presence ( Aug 2, 2007), and Celebration of His birth this Christmas 2007 and forevermore!
Pamela Gray Karges & Blair, Melanie & Brent, Brooke,Ryan Coffman, McLane & Myra, Travis, Winter and Melanie Grace Karges.