Ah, Christmas—the season of peace on Earth and good will toward men. One chilly morning a few weeks before Christmas, a man in a limousine looked out the window as his chauffeur coasted to a stop at an intersection. He was surprised to see two men in overcoats on their hands and knees, eating grass.

The rich man called out to the men, “Gentlemen, what are you doing?”

The first man explained, “Sir, I lost my job and I am homeless. This is the only food I have.”

Moved with compassion, the wealthy man offered to take him to his mansion. The destitute man said, “But I also have a wife and two kids.”

“It makes no difference. There is more than enough room for everyone.”

The wealthy man offered the same invitation to the second man, to which he replied, “But Sir, I have a wife and eleven kids.”

Undeterred, the benevolent man had everyone squeeze inside the limousine, and they set off for his home. They arrived at the gates of a beautiful mansion.

The homeless men were awestruck at the magnificent residence. Then one blurted out, “Wow! The grass must be a foot high here!” He didn’t get it.

Before we trusted Christ, our lot was no better than those poor, destitute derelicts. But when Jesus saved us, He brought us into His family and gave us all the rights and privileges of an heir. That means we don’t have to eat grass anymore. Instead, we can savor the best the Son has to offer.

God has offered a special gift to you this Christmas. It is the Gift of His Son. If you will put your trust in His death and shed blood as the payment for all of your sins, you can become His child. You can go from the grass to gain, and never have to eat it again.

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Salvation is wholly of grace, not only undeserved but undesired by us until God is pleased to awaken to us a sense of our need of it. And then we find everything prepared that our wants require or our wishes conceive. — John Newton

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.