Actor Richard Burton (1925-1984) once gave Elizabeth Taylor the largest diamond ever given with the possible exception of royalty.  It was worth millions of dollars. 

As you see the gifts under the tree, may you remember the Gift upon a tree about two thousand years ago. God gave His Son’s life to provide forgiveness and eternal life for all who will repent of sin (Acts 17:30-31) and believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This is the greatest benefit ever bestowed by a benefactor upon a beneficiary! 

Jesus shares with Nicodemus and each one of us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds may be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (John 3:16-21). 

Thankfully, we have scriptural evidence that this Pharisee named Nicodemus received God’s gift of everlasting life. Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe explains, “Here in John 3, we see Nicodemus in the darkness of confusion; in John 7:45-53, we see him in the dawn of conviction, willing to give Christ a fair hearing; and in John 19:38-42, we see Nicodemus in the daylight of confession, openly identifying himself with Christ.”

Paul, another former Pharisee, wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

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