Daily Bible Verses for 12/26/2016

Christmas: A Time to Reflect on God’s Love – (John 3:16-17)

Daily Verse(s)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Reading Notes
The wonderful truth about God’s gift to us is that despite our sin, despite who we are, Jesus died for us. And through the gift of God’s grace which is Jesus sacrifice for us, God showed His great love toward us. As the Bible tells us, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” The Apostle Paul also tells us in his letter to the Ephesian church, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Therefore, through these passages and many more, God clearly shows us that our salvation is given freely to us by God’s grace, through God Himself, who is Christ Jesus our Lord. Our salvation is God’s gift given to a fallen humanity, who had no way to save ourselves.

God did this solely because of His love for us. And what’s even more amazing is the Bible also tells us that Jesus, who is the living God of Heaven knew each of us individually before the foundations of the universe were laid into place. Moreover, God looked ahead and saw the Cross of Calvary, long before the earth existed. And unlike man-made gifts that wear out and get old, Jesus is new to us every day. God’s gift never wears out, it never gets old as a matter of fact, each Christmas as we get older, Jesus’ gift to us gets brighter and the salvation He alone provides gets sweeter and sweeter to us. In addition, we have the gift of His word which we can spend a lifetime studying and never plum its depths. God’s word is His revelation to mankind about His plan of redemption, which is salvation through Christ alone. The Bible from front to back speaks of Jesus and God’s plan of redemption, therefore, all of scripture testifies of Christ Jesus our Lord.