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Scripture Leading to Christmas, Day 5

For this week we will discuss 7 different Bible verses to read leading up to Christmas Day.

Let’s really think about these verses during this time and remember that Jesus is really who we are celebrating during this season.

2 Corinthians 8:9 - You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

This verse expounds on what you just read yesterday. This is the reason why God had His only Son be born in such a lowly manner. To have people to come to Him in faith not because of stature.

Christ left the splendor of heaven for us. He became poor so that we could one day enjoy the riches of His kingdom.

In reading the scripture for today it is found in 2 Corinthians 8 under the subtitle "A Call to Generous Giving".

Paul is speaking to the church in Corinth about giving to the church in Jerusalem as a gift to help them out and that others church have started this. They should only give as they can and what they can.

To tie that this in here the giving of Christ Jesus to us by God was a way for God to give what He had to help us, His church. The gift was Jesus and then to be encouraged, to trust, to believe, to grow, and depend on what He provides for the Church.

God allowed Jesus to be born in a stable so that status was not looked at but that the love of God was seen… For the gift of the Messiah to be sought out.

The Shepherds and Wiseman all sought Jesus out.

He is the greatest gift given.

Matthew 2:11 - They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

This scripture is not on the list of the 7 for the week but I thought it was fitting for today because the Wiseman came to see Jesus and brought Him gifts…what they had to give.

First, they gave themselves by bowing down in reverence and worshiping Jesus. Then they gave by giving gifts usually given as an offering.

When we come to Jesus, and we offer all, we must give all we can.

Offer all we are to Him and allow Him to reign over our lives and guide us.

God's gift to us was Jesus and our gift to Jesus is all we are.

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