A Gift

The Best Present of All

Isn't it exciting to receive presents? It wouldn't be surprising if birthdays and Christmas-time are your favorite times of the year! But did you know that there is a present that is better than any toy, book, or game?

The best present of all is the one that Jesus offers to you. It is called the gift of salvation. You may wonder, why do I need to be saved? You may think that you are not in trouble or in need of
anything. But the Bible, God's Word, tells us that every person is a sinner ("For all have sinned..." Romans 3:23). That means that we all do, think, and say wrong things that do not please God. Our sin makes God sad and angry. The Bible also tells us that we deserve to be punished for our sin: "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).

But I have something to tell you that is both sad and exciting. Many, many years ago, God sent His Son Jesus to earth as a man. One day something very sad happened -- people who did not believe in Jesus nailed Him to a cross and He died. He did not deserve to die, for He never did anything wrong. But this is the
exciting part -- Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sin! He loved us
so much that He died so that we would not have to be punished and so that we can go to heaven!

The Bible tells us that if you believe in Jesus and the fact that He died for your sins, you can be saved. "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)." That is the best present of all! Jesus is holding out to you the gift of salvation, and all you must do is take it. Salvation is free -- there is
nothing you can
do to deserve it. Romans 6:23 says, "...the free gift of God is eternal life..." Believe and you will be saved from your sin! Ask God to forgive your sins and help you to obey the Bible! Read your Bible to learn more about Jesus. Pray that God will help you see that you need to ask forgiveness for your sins and believe in Jesus, God's Son.

Copyright Charissa Reuther Khan