Really Bad Baby Gifts:
1) A Cactus
2) English Leather Cologne And After Shave Combo
3) A Reversible Electric Power Drill
4) A 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
5) A Pit Bull
6) A Craftsman Tool Kit
7) Velcro Sheets
8) A Sonic Toothbrush
9) A Bowling Ball
10) Soap On A Rope
Now, let me tell you about the best baby gift ever! The most perfect baby gift ever was A PERFECT BABY!
This perfect Gift was motivated by a perfect love!
God, the Perfect Father sent the Perfect Baby Gift – HIS SON, JESUS!
God GAVE His Baby In Order to SAVE Your Baby!
That is the exciting news of Christmas! That is the “good news of great joy” announced by the Angels to the shepherds on that first Christmas!
It is why Christmas is such a favorite Holiday – because it celebrates that glorious truth that never grows old – God sent His Baby so that your baby can someday go to see Him!
This is especially significant in light of what we have done this morning – dedicating your babies back to the God Who gave His Baby!
Here is how it is announced in the Bible:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21
“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:30-35
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1-4, 14
The reason I still excited about Christmas after all these years is because of the PERFECT BABY GIFT that God gave you and me – the gift of a Savior!
WHAT DEFINES A PERFECT BABY GIFT?
Who Gave the Gift?
The more significant the giver of the gift then the more significant the gift will be. When the giver is precious to you the gift they give will be as well!
The Perfect Baby gift was given by God - the Giver of all good gifts.
How Much Did It Cost?
While you never know exactly how much a person pays for a gift because they take the prince tag off and it would be very tacky to ask, but most people know a costly gift from a less expensive one. When someone who could afford to purchase an expensive gift gives a cheap gift, it can bother you.
God's Perfect Baby gift caused Him everything! He is the most expensive gift every given!
The Thought Behind The Gift
When a gift is so special or unique it shows a good deal of thoughtfulness, that makes it extra special as opposed to someone who knew you were expecting a boy and gives you a pink dress.
God thought of us before we were ever created - that's why we were created. And, while we were still sinners the Bible says that God sent His Son to die for you and me.
How Long Will The Gift Last!
A good gift will not be too small to wear or so poorly constructed that it falls apart, but will be the right size and the best quality.
This Perfect Baby gift not only lasts forever but will allow you and I to last forever.
How Appropriate To The Need?
A good baby gift will meet a need that will make life easier for the mother and the newborn.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
"If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior."
CHRISTMAS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE WE NEEDED A SAVIOR AND GOD GAVE HIS CHILD TO SAVE YOUR CHILD – AND YOU!
Can you imagine how much God loves YOU to send His Son?! HE LOVES YOU AS MUCH AS HE LOVES HIS SON!
Here is what it looks like – watch!
Christmas means God sent the PERFECT BABY GIFT – He Gave His Child To Save Your Child!
A Gift Like That Should Be Received Gladly! How Could You Refuse It?
What other plan do you have for your salvation?