The Gift that Keeps on Giving Micah 5:1-5
Every year it is inevitable, a family member or friend gives you a gift that you can not use. You either already have one or you simply just do not like the gift. Thus, begins the journey of trying to take the gift back. First, you look to see if there is a receipt and if not then then you look to see if there are any identifying store markings. If these things cannot be found, then you must go from store to store to see which store will take it back. The whole process can be timely and frustrating. This is one of the reasons that my wife and I give gift cards to most of our family.
On the other hand, most of us probably have received a gift that is very memorable, useful, and cherished. It is one of those gifts that keeps giving whether you still have it and are still using it, or it continues to give by the pleasant warm memories that it continues to bring you. Most of us have probably received gifts in both categories. What makes a gift meaningful or not is the value that you place on it. I am not talking about monetary value, but rather value that comes from the heart; when your heart values the gift that allows the gift to continue to give long after it has been physical handed to you.
God gave you and I a very precious gift some 2000 years ago and I believe the prophet Micah offers some very good reasons why Jesus truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Jesus is the gift that continues to give even when the Christmas season is over. Yes, Christmas day is the day that we celebrate the giving of God’s greatest gift, His one and only son, but will you allow that gift to keep giving now that the Christmas season is over?
I. Jesus is the gift that keeps giving because of His position.
All too often we tend to leave God’s gift in the manger, however this awesome gift is not just nativity scene decoration; He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Micah describes Christ as a ruler. Jesus is more than a good teacher, prophet, or itinerant preacher; He is the very ruler of the universe. He is miraculously all God and all man. He is the Word become flesh. He is God incarnate. He is God revealed to you and me. Micah reminds us that Jesus’ origins are from old; this means that He has always been even from the beginning of time. He is eternal. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning, and the end. He truly is the gift that never stops giving. He continues to rule and reign. God did not send us a second-rate savior with a term that expires. He sent His one and only Son. He sent you and I a ruler for all eternity, King of kings and Lord of lords! The gift of Jesus is unique and there is no other like Him. He is the gift that keeps giving because of His position; He is ruler, He is messiah, and He is Immanuel.
How is your relationship with Christ? Do you truly acknowledge Him in all of His greatness as the ruler of your life? Has he become the gift that continues to give in your life?
II. Jesus is the gift that keeps giving because of His provision.
Secondly, Micah points out that Christ will shepherd his people. Have you considered the duties of a shepherd? First and foremost, the shepherd must care for the sheep and he does this in a variety of ways. The shepherd provides the sheep nourishment by leading them to pastures that have ample food for them to eat. The Shepherd provides them with direction to where they need to go and where they need to be. The shepherd provides protection from danger and if a sheep wonders off the he goes and brings that sheep back to safety. Lastly, the shepherd provides shelter. The shepherd knows which times are for grazing and when to bring the sheep into the sheep pen.
Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving because of all that he continues to provide. He continues to provide care, protection, direction, and shelter. Jesus went to the cross and died to provide what you and I needed most; a grace that would provide us salvation and continue a personal relationship with God. He is the gift that continues to offer grace and forgiveness of sins.
How are you with the shepherd? Are you allowing Him to guide you in all the areas of your life? Are you trusting and following His direction?
III. Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving because of His Power.
Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving because of His power. This passage in Micah reminds us that we will live securely, and that Christ’s greatness will reach the ends of the earth. Jesus came with all the strength of God because He is God. He is the greatest power, and it is because of his power that we can live securely. We can know that we have a Savior, who is all powerful and we are forever kept in His grace if we truly accept him as our Lord and Savior. Wherever we are we can trust in His mighty power because His power has no limits; it reaches the very ends of the earth.
In what areas of your life do you fully need to trust in His power?
IV. Christ is the gift that keeps on giving because of His peace.
Christ is the Prince of Peace. He is the only one that can offer perfect peace. Christ and Christ alone is the only one who can offer peace that surpasses all human understanding. He is the reason that you and I can have peace when everything around us is falling apart. He is the only one that offers true peace. He is the gift that keeps on giving us peace over and over again.
With everything that is going on today do you not you need his unending peace? In what areas of your life do you need his continual gift of peace?
Jesus truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Will you allow Him to keep giving in your life even after the Christmas season is over? In this new year will you continue to focus on Jesus as the gift that keeps giving because of His position as Lord of lords and King of kings, because of his provision of grace, because of His mighty power and the peace that He brings?