was a very exciting birthday. His parents, aunt and uncle had
surprised both him and his cousin Billy by having a party for
both of them. Billy's birthday was three days later than Joshua,
so the parents had decided to celebrate them together.
was now time to open the gifts. Joshua and Billy happily ripped
open their gifts. A big smile appeared on Joshua's face. He had
received the game that he had been waiting for. He couldn't wait
to play it.
looked over at Billy to see what gift he had opened. Billy looked
very sad. Billy had also received a game, but had not gotten
the one he wanted, but rather it was a game that he already had!
Billy looked up to see what gift Joshua had, and even more tears
began to roll down his cheeks. Joshua knew that Billy had also
wanted the same racing game.
began begging Joshua to trade with him. Joshua thought it isn't
fair that he should have to give up his gift just because Billy
wanted it. But poor Billy would receive nothing for his birthday
if he did not trade with him. Joshua looked at the sadness in
Billy's eyes, and slowly handed him his precious gift that he
had waited so long for. Billy's face lit up with joy as he took
a sacrifice that must have been for Joshua to give up the gift
he had wanted for weeks. Joshua was very kind to give it to his
cousin Billy so he would not be sad.
|| God Himself sacrificed His own
Son for every man, woman, boy and girl.This was the greatest
gift of all. God gave His only begotten Son. Jesus Christ gave
His own life as a sacrifice for us. He died in our place, so
we could be forgiven for all of our sins.We can receive this
gift with joy.