Birthday Celebration- You are Invited!
December 20 2010 by D.E. Parkerson

The giving and receiving of gifts during the Christmas season is a long-standing tradition in our country. Who among us does not enjoy receiving gifts? Christmas, however, is about much more than the giving and receiving of material gifts.

Most of us will be exchanging gifts with family members, church friends, co-workers, classmates and others. Some of the gifts we receive we will probably not really need — and may not be able to use. Hopefully, however, all of the gifts we are given will be appreciated.

Allow me to suggest that the all-time best gift anyone has ever been given is God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. John 3:16 reminds us that when God loved, He loved the whole world. When He gave, He gave the best He had. Those who have received this gift will never be the same afterward. The apostle Paul, realizing the value of God’s gift, said, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).

There were many places that you and I might have chosen for the Son of God to make his entry into the world. Hebron, for example, is where Abraham and other members of his family were and are buried.

We might have chosen Jerusalem. Mount Zion, the highest place geographically in the Holy Land, is the site to which Abraham traveled and was willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. It is where Solomon’s temple and the royal palace were located in the days of Israel’s greatest glory. Solomon’s Temple was later erected on this site.

We might have chosen Athens as the place for Christ to be born. It had been the home of Alexander the Great and of Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and many other great philosophers.

Multitudes of Christians would perhaps have chosen mighty Rome, the political capitol of the world at the time. Any king born in the center of everything happening that was important would have received much attention and had almost instant influence.

Fortunately God does not do things the way we do them, for He chose lowly Bethlehem. The message proclaimed to the shepherds by angels on the historic night when Christ was born continues to thrill all who hear it.

He who had in the beginning created all things was Himself created in a human womb. He who was larger than the universe became an embryo. Divinity became flesh and dwelt among us. He who was and is eternal entered an arena where He would die.

Having said all of that, you are invited to His BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.

Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ.

Date: Next Sunday, but the date is flexible.

Time: Whenever you are ready.

Place: The church of your choice, but He will meet you anywhere at any time.

Attire: Come as you are.

Tickets: Admission is free. You couldn’t afford it anyway. Besides, He has already paid for everyone. It cost Him everything He had.

Gift Suggestions: Your life.

R.S.V.P. If you want what He has to offer, you must respond. Please do so soon! Before it is too late! 

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Parkerson is a native of Georgia, a graduate of Mercer University [B.A.], Southeastern Seminary [M. Div. and Th.M.], and Campbell University [D.D.]. He has served as pastor of one church in Georgia and five churches in North Carolina. Following retirement as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sanford on Sept. 30, 1996, he has served nine North Carolina churches as interim pastor. His column, The Paper Pulpit, has appeared weekly in a few newspapers and other publications since 1958. He and his wife, Jessie, live in Wilmington near their daughter and family.)    
12/20/2010 2:39:00 AM by D.E. Parkerson | with 3 comments




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