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Christmas is synonymous with giving and receiving Christmas presents, but should we be giving God a gift this Christmas as a huge thank you for everything Christmas means to us…not just on Christmas Day but all year round?

Yes we should!

So what’s the best gift we can give God this Christmas?

For those who have not already given their life to God, the answer to this question is…your life, your all!

For those who are Christians, I’d urge you to give God a very personal gift that only you and Him need to know about, and let it be a sacrifice. David said in 2 Samuel 24 that he would not offer a sacrifice to God that cost him nothing. Maybe your gift to God will be to forgive someone you’ve needed to forgive for a long time, maybe it’s to accept God’s calling for you…whatever the gift you give God this Christmas, He will receive it with open arms, just as He receives and accepts each one of us with open arms.

Make your gift for Him special this year!

Yes I know there’s a wedding on today, but just to be different I don’t want to talk about that! Instead I want to conclude my series about Easter by sharing the words of the following song with you:

He could have left that cross that day
To feed the hungry who were there
He could have wiped the children’s’ tears away
To show them He still cared
He could have once again reached out His hand
To give sight to the blind
He could have kissed His mother one more time
 
But He had to hold to Calvary
To ever hold to me
He could not free himself and set me free
He had to surrender
To win my victory
He could not save himself and save me
 
He could have proven to Jerusalem
That He truly was God’s son
He could have shown those who scorned Him
That He was the mighty one
He could have grieved the crown and filled the sky
With angels to set Him free
He could have walked away from Calvary
 
But He had to hold to Calvary
To ever hold to me
He could not free himself and set me free
He had to surrender
To win my victory
He could not save himself and save me
 
But He had to hold to Calvary
To ever hold to me
He could not free himself and set me free
He had to surrender
To win my victory
He could not save himself and save me
He had to surrender
To win my victory
He could not save himself
He could have walked away from Calvary
He could not save himself and save me

Those are the words of the song He Had To Hold To Calvary which to me, totally sum up Easter, and the real reason we celebrate Easter.

I first came across this song a few years ago when Sydney Staff Songsters spent a weekend “specialing” at Rutherglen Salvation Army during their UK tour that year. I remember sitting in our Senior Band, at the front of the hall, right in front of the platform, and Garry Druery, one of their soloist stood at the front of the platform just a few feet away from me, and sang this song…I was mesmerised…I was deeply moved…I was there – I really felt as though as Garry was singing I was there watching Jesus being crucified on the cross…what emotions I felt that first time I heard that song.

Please listen and watch the following video as Garry Druery singing He Could Not Hold To Calvary:

Still to this day, every time I hear/watch this song it brings tears to my eyes, as it sums Easter up for me.

I hope and pray you have been reminded of the real meaning of Easter by reading some of my blog post during these last 2 weeks. If nothing else I hope you may have been made aware that Easter isn’t just about Easter eggs, chocolate etc, but it’s about just how much Jesus gave up for you and for me….His life!

In a Christian environment, Lent normally starts on Ash Wednesday and continues through to the Holy Sunday of Easter. The dates of Lent can vary each year, just as the actual dates of Easter can vary.
 
Traditionally during Lent, people give-up something as a sort of sacrifice for Jesus. i.e. A way to prepare the person/believer for Easter, which of course is the time when Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus and then celebrate His subsequent resurrection.
 
During lent, as well as “giving-up” something, it’s also a time of prayer, almsgiving and repentance, and giving to those who are in need.
 
Just because it’s a time of giving something up and helping those in need, it doesn’t mean that Lent should be a time of suffering and unhappiness for us. Instead we should, through prayer and repentance, show our thanks to God for all He has provided for us – After all Jesus gave the ultimate price for us, He died on the cross, just so we might live the kind of life that we do.
 
Maybe our Christian life has become stagnant and a chore. If so I’d encourage you to take the opportunity this Lent to rededicate your life to God – Make this Lent a new start in your Christian journey.
 
I hope you enjoy the following video of Sydney Staff Songsters singing The End of the Beginning:

Still
Words and Music by Reuben Morgan

Hide me now
Under your wings
Cover me
within your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know his power
In quietness and trust

 

This song reminds us that no matter what we face in life, God will help us rise above it all and get through it all with Hid help and guidance. God is the one and only person who we can trust to be with us through thick and thin.

Trust God today. Trust God everyday. Trust God for everything.

Sydney Staff Songsters sing the song Still: