CHRISTMAS SACRIFICE                                               Galatians 4:1-7

But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, (v4)

O Henry’s Classic tale “The Gift of the Magi” tells of Jim and Delta, a young married couple who are struggling financially. As Christmas approaches they want to give special gifts to each other, but their lack of money drives them to drastic measures.

Jim’s prized possession is a gold watch, while Delta’s is her long, beautiful hair. So Jim sells his watch in order to buy combs for Delta’s hair while Delta sells her hair to buy a chain for Jim’s watch.

The story has deservedly become beloved, for it reminds us that sacrifice is at the heart of true love, and sacrifice is love’s truest measure. This idea is particularly appropriate for Christmas. Because sacrifice is the heart beat of the story of the birth of Christ. Jesus Christ was born to die and He was born to die for us. That is why the angel told Joseph, “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) Long before Christ’s birth, it had been determined that He would come to rescue us from our fallenness – which means that we can never fully appreciate the manger unless we see it in the shadow of the cross. Christmas is completely about Christ’s love seen most clearly in His sacrifice for us – Bill Crowder.

PRAYER LINE: In what ways would you like to say thanks to Jesus for what He has done? Reach out to the less privileged with love and gifts.

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The essential fact of Christianity is that God thought all humanity worth the sacrifice of His Son (ODB)

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