Many people make a check-off list in preparing for Christmas. They want to make sure they have their cookies baked, candy made, Christmas cards sent out, gifts all bought, house cleaned and the menu prepared for Christmas dinner. Most lists leave off the main reason for Christmas and that is Christ. Yesterday we talked about gift giving and asked why you give gifts? God gave us the greatest gift we could ever receive and He gave it out of love. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10 KJV) When we give gifts, we usually give gifts that people want, but God gave us a gift that we all need because we are all sinners and need a Savior. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10-12 KJV) We are all sinners and stand condemned under God’s wrath. Only Jesus was sinless. The Bible says “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a KJV) If we stop there, we have no hope, but if we continue the verse, it says: “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23b KJV) Jesus came to earth as a baby but He grew up to be our Savior. As we celebrate Christmas let us be prepared to share this great gift with others. Just because Jesus died for us, doesn’t atomically save us. We need to acknowledge that we are a sinner and lost without Jesus. We must believe that Jesus died on the cross, shed His blood, was buried and raised from the grave. Then we need to ask Jesus to forgive our sins and come into our heart and be our Lord and Savior. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10 KJV) We have heard this over and over but we can never hear it too much. And if our gift list is not completed, perhaps we could share this great news about the greatest gift ever given. Don’t let Christmas come and go without sharing Jesus with someone. We’ve already seen that there are many opportunities to tell others about Jesus. He is the LIGHT of the world; He was crucified on a TREE; He is the greatest GIFT; all of the red we see can remind us of His BLOOD that He gave for us and so many more opportunities. It’s an old story but it can be a new and great gift for someone. Share it!