Ephesians 2:8 - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
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Every year our eyes and ears are filled with so much beauty because of the joy of Christmas - our stomachs as well. But all around us we see such sights of joy and hear songs of adoration, all because of Jesus. At times our focus can become misdirected with everything else that happens this time of year, but our attention should turn toward the the reality of God’s gift of grace.
God’s Word teaches that Christ is the image of God and the exact representation of His being. What you see in the story and life of Christ is the same of God. When God gave His only begotten Son, God really and truly gave a part of Himself to be born in a way that may seem unsuitable and shameful for the Creator of heaven and earth. But with this birth of humble means, this life of submission and grace, and the death on a despised cross - we see the depths of God’s gift.
This gift of grace was for the salvation of man. We, then, are not saved by any works of righteousness on our own. We are not made right with God based on our looks, reputation, success, or good deeds. Simply put, the way God gave of Himself for our salvation, is the way we are saved. When we accept this gift of God’s grace in Christ with humility, subjection, and faith we truly began to understand the depth of His love.
Christmas is not about jingle bells or Rudolph, but about the depth of a loving God, giving Himself to humanity in grace and humility, that man can be right through faith in that grace.