Summary: God's Gift to Wonderful For Words! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 15
Ill: Which is best?
• Should the tree be real or artificial?
• Should tree lights twinkle or stay constant?
• Should the tree be topped with an angel or a star?
• Should you fling or hang tinsel?
• Cranberry sauce or horseradish with the turkey?
• Cream or custard on your Christmas pudding?
• Should you watch the Queens speech live or the highlights later on the news?
• Do you open gifts on Christmas morning or after Christmas dinner?
The tradition of gift-giving extends all the way back to the Wise-men;
• Who brought gifts to the Christ-child in the manger.
• We all know how they brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
• Well we all know that;
• But recently some children in a school play near London, got it slightly wrong!
• During the play,,
• Three six-year-old boys acted out the role of the wise men.
• As they presented their gifts at the nativity scene,
• Each boy stepped forward and stated what they were offering to Christ.
• The first held out his arms and said, “Gold.”
• The second boy knelt down and said, “Myrrh.”
• The last boy obviously nervous and struggling to remember his lines,
• Stepped forward and declared, “Franki sent this”
That little boy may have got his gift for Jesus wrong,
• But kids are great at letting us know what they want;
• Ask them what they want and they will not have to hesitiate before answering!
• Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents.
• At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers.
• The youngest one began praying at the top of his lungs,
• "I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE. I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO. I PRAY FOR A VCR"
• His older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and said,
• "Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn't deaf."
• To which the little brother replied,
• "No, but Gramma is!"
A boy who was making sure he got his perfect present:
• Sometimes we get presents that are actually better than we first thought,
• Like the boy who was bought a musical guitar.
• When his uncle gave him the guitar, he was not too impressed,
• Yet the next time he saw him after the Xmas holidays he was full of enthusiasm.
“Thanks for the electric guitar you gave me for Christmas,
it's the best present I ever got."
• “That's great," said his uncle. "What made the difference, did you learn how to play it?"
• "Oh, I don't play it and that’s why it’s so great," replied the boy.
• The uncle puzzled asked him “What do you mean?”
• The boy answered:
"Well, My mom gives me a 50p not to play it during the daytime
and my dad gives me £1 a week not to play it at night”.
Well, this year, just like every year:
• Millions of people, both children and adults,
• Will open millions of gifts.
• Some won’t fit. Some will be the wrong style or colour.
• Many will end up returned to the shop and exchanged.
Christmas is a reminder:
• That there’s one gift that meets everyone’s need,
• One gift that will never wear out, never break or need repairing.
• A gift that is appropriate for a small child, or a teenager, or an adult, or a senior adult.
• Boy or girl, man or woman, it makes no difference.
• The gift we all need, the most valuable gift of all, is Jesus Christ!
• He is the REASON for this whole SEASON.
Reading: 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 15
"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"
In 2 Corinthians chapter 9:
• The Apostle Paul has been writing about human gifts.
• The church in Corinth was collecting money to give to the poor Christians in Jerusalem.
• Then at the end of the chapter he shifts his attention from human gifts,
• To God’s gift – the gift of his son Jesus Christ.
• And he cannot find words to describe that.
• He simply says, "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”.
FOUR THINGS REGARDING GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT:
(1). All human gifts can be measured - But not gods gift of jesus.
Gifts / Presents come in many sizes.
• Some come beautifully wrapped,
• While others may be presented in a box or even pulled out of a bag or pocket.
• I am sure we have done it to others or had it done to us at some time,
• We find a huge parcel next to the tree and it has your name on it.