Last christmas, Shannon (my wife) was explaining to some of our youth girls why we give gifts to each other at Christmas. The question caught her off guard! She told the girls we give gifts at Christmas to remind us of the best gift that happened at Christmas! Jesus coming down to earth as a baby and dying for our sins! He is the best gift we could ever receive! Our culture would say no way, the best gift this Christmas is ________. Shannon continued to explain it's like we give our sin to Jesus and in exchange we get his righteousness! Shannon said it was like something clicked in her brain and she realized for the first time what an amazing exchange Jesus does for us!
We never realized how this amazing truth and how much Jesus gave up for us would help us through the Christmas season last year. Shannon's brother passed away on Christmas day last year and in the pain we found Joy because we serve a saviour who brought-brings Joy not only at Christmas but all throughout the year! 2 Corinthians 5:21 "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." Wow what truth!!!!!!! Thank you, Jesus, for being the most amazing gift ever!!