Christmas Reminds Us of The Most Perfect Gift

Our Festive Holiday Seasons

This article originally appeared in the Nov/Dec 1971 issue of Pioneer Magazine

By Les Goates
Jesus Christ Savior and Redeemer of the World
Jesus Savior and Redeemer of the World

is the season for gifts and the whole Christian world annually goes “zany” about buying and giving at this gala season of the year.

It does this without realizing or recognizing that the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Father Omnipotent, is the greatest gift ever given to mankind.

Jesus, through his sacrifice on the cross, made us all eligible for salvation — ransomed our souls at the cost of his blood. He also offered thereby exaltation, or eternal life, to those who might be willing to earn it.

It is good to be reminded of this gospel truth all the days of our lives, and especially at Christmas time. It is about time we got around to putting the Christ back into Christmas.

One can scarcely help loving Jesus for what he has done for us all. One can scarcely help loving Jesus for his gospel of love. Even born rebels will admit that love is the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes into wisdom except by love.

It becomes increasingly clear that the modern world is turning its back on Jesus, and in ignoring his teachings, is going hopelessly astray.

But there is new hope for all in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Truly, he marked the path and led the way. That a man should live in an obscure corner of Judea, nineteen centuries ago, speak an insignificant dialect, and yet by dint of wisdom and goodness, and in spite of having suffered a shameful death, reign as God for these 2000 years and be adored by hundreds of millions, goes far to prove that goodness and wisdom are fed by some hidden source which can be discovered and be made available to those who diligently search after them.

Certainly, ‘all the armies that ever marched, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the lives of so many upon this earth as powerfully as has this Jesus, the lowly Nazarene.” What gift to compare?

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