Romans 5:15 NKJV
But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
Primarily, the free gift in this verse is Jesus. He is the gift to humanity from our one and only, true and merciful God! Through the Gift which is Jesus we are able to receive the Grace of God!
The reason we exchange gifts on Christmas is because of the gift God gave us in His son! It's not because we've been good all year and we deserve a reward. Matter of fact, I don't know anybody who is good enough all the time to deserve a reward. We certainly did nothing and couldn't have done anything to deserve for God to give His only son to us and then to have Jesus take on our sins and die in our place.
The offense it refers to in this verse is Adam's sin in the garden. Through his sin we were cursed in so many ways but the main way is death. But unlike Adam, when Jesus came he lifted the curse that had plagued ALL mankind since Adam. If the curse Adam's disobedience caused was so strong, how much stronger would Jesus' obedience be?! Through Jesus' obedience and sacrifice we may have life and so much more of it!
So this Christmas when you're giving and receiving gifts, keep in mind the FREE gift God gave us in His son Jesus Christ! It is there for any of us to partake in. We simply have to receive it! Open our hearts and mind and let Jesus in! He is the most beautiful, most important, life-changing gift you can ever receive! The price has already been paid and He's just waiting for you to accept Him!
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