Christmas is a time of giving. Families give gifts to their loved ones, and children eagerly await Christmas morning to tear open the gifts they receive. The Lord is the ultimate Giver of many gifts. I was reading Acts the other day and a word jumped off the page at me—Gave.
And He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs (Acts 7:8 NASB).
God is the Giver of many good gifts. James says this of Him:
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow (1:17 NASB).
God gave circumcision as a gift to Abraham and his descendants who followed; the gift that was the sign of the covenant He made with him. Unlike the Mosaic covenant which was conditional, this was a grant covenant—Abraham did not have to perform for the gift—It was freely given by the Father.
God not only gave the covenant of circumcision, but He also gave the fulfillment of who that covenant promised—the Deliverer.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16 NASB).
The first covenant was the promise of the Savior of the world, and God gave that promise to Abraham then, and now to all of us because of faith in Jesus, the one in whom we place our hope.
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise (Gal. 3:29 NASB).
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1 NASB).
In this season, remember to hope in the Lord. He is the promise Giver, the gift Giver, the One who fulfills all that He promises. He Gave to demonstrate how much He Loves. There is no greater gift than the gift of Jesus Christ—it will never see its equal.
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