Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
What is the best gift you have ever received?
What is the best gift you have ever given?
There is a real art to present buy and gift giving. Getting just the right kind of present for someone requires a few things; time, opportunity, availability for example. But more important that all of these things the best gifts will come when you know someone really well. You really know the person, who they are, what they are like, what they like. The better you know someone the more personal and tailored the gift will be.
The gift of Jesus - that we are preparing for this advent - is the greatest gift ever given for many reasons and we will be exploring the through these readings and through our services here at the church. But it is also the greatest gift that you and I can ever receive because it comes from a loving father in heaven. Not a flawed human parent, but the perfect loving God who knows each one of us intimately, God knows each hair of our head and God knows all our successes and all our failures and yet still chooses to send Jesus to us, a gift of love and grace to bring us salvation and allow us all to be called “holy people”.
This Christmas, as you think about gifts and presents, remember the gift of Jesus to you, and how special you are to him.