Summary: This sermon rejoices in the greatest Gift ever given-Gon’s only-begotten Son-Jesus.
(A Christmas sermon)
Scripture text-2nd Corinthians 9:15
"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift."
From the very beginning, giving the Gift was
in His heart, and on His mind.
WHAT WAS THIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT?
A. Was it salvation?
Ephesians 2:8 says-"For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God."
B. Was it eternal life?
Romans 6:23 says-"For the wages of sin is
death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ, our Lord."
orC. Was it Jesus Christ Himself?
2nd Cor. 9:15 says-"Thanks be unto God for
His unspeakable gift."
Jn. 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have
I believe the unspeakable Gift was the latter-
Jesus Christ Himself.
-many poets have written words of prose about
Him, but none has ever fully explained Him.
-many artists have tried to visualize an image
of Him on canvas, but none has ever done Him
justice, in regards to His true beauty and
-many musicians and song writers have sung and
composed great masterpieces about Him, but
none has fully grasp His wonder
-many theologians have debated His nature,
mission, and significance, but none has
ever fully explained any of those things
He is the altogether Lovely One-the King of kings,
and Lord of lords.-(Thanks to Tom Maines,Sermon
Central for the catalyst of these illustrations)
He is fully unspeakable in His nature, His love,
His power, His grace, His works, in everything that
pertains to Him.
He thought about how much the Gift was needed. He
knew that there was no hope for our fallen race
without the Gift. And so, the Giver(God), so loved
and gave His only-begotten Son...
All human creatures would sin, and all would be
condemned by their sin-sentenced to an endless
eternity of suffering, forever separated from
the comfort of His love. So, He knew He had to
do something, or all hope was lost. He would
give the Gift to the world, and offer the Gift
to as many as would receive the Gift willingly
and sincerely, with an open heart.
The Gift meant everything to Him. The Gift was
most precious in His sight. How much He loved
the Gift! But, He knew that in order for man
to be saved, He would have to be seperated from
the Gift, until man’s guilt was removed, and
man’s sin erradicated. He would offer the Gift
to as many as would be willing to receive the
Gift. The Gift would be freely offered, but
would cost Him much-His only begotten Son.
This Gift would be the most valuable possession
anyone could ever have. But, the value of the
Gift was only recognizable by those whose spirit-
ual eyes had been opened. The Gift would not be
outwardly beautiful, but within the Gift bore
the very image of the invisible God in all His
glory. Grace and truth would be seen in the
Gift. If men would recognize the true value of
the Gift, they would be willing to sell all they
had to possess this Pearl of Great Price. Acres
of diamonds, and mountains of gold fade into
meaningless value in comparison to Him.
Some would be anxious and eager to recive the Gift,
but others would ignore the Gift, or even hate the
Gift, and seek His destruction. The Gift would not
be found under any Christmas tree, or in any mall,
but in a stable, in a cattle trough. The Gift
would not be wrapped in kingly robes, or glorious
splendor, but in strips of cloth, called "swaddling
clothes." Prophets had predicted the coming of
the Gift, and at just the right moment in human
history, the Gift appeared. The first to receive
the Gift were:
-humble shepherds keeping watch over
their flocks by night
-also, Simeon & Anna recived Him,
and recognized His greatness
-Wise men from the East later
presented Him gifts: gold, frankin-
cense, and myrrh
-Joseph and Mary humbly accepted their
The Giver thought within His heart-"They will
reverence my Son, surely; but alas, He knew that
men would despise and reject Him, and put Him to
death. The only Perfect One who had lived would be
ripped open with whips, spit upon, ridiculed, hated,
and eventually nailed to a cross. So precious was
His shed blood, that all who are cleansed by it
will live eternally with God in Heaven. The Gift
would bring eternal salvation to all who received
Him. He would bring joy, and deliverance, and hope,
and forgiveness, and love, and mercy, and accept-
The Gift will return to earth someday, to receive
unto Himself all who are believing in Him then.