Summary: Begin a series on Holding unto Christmas. Not letting Crhistmas be just a holiday, but truely taking time to remember what we celebrate for. Thanking God for His indescribable gift of love.
The greatest gift
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This morning I say Merry Christmas! I don’t say happy holidays.
Like people that put Jesus in the same category as Santa Clause, great grandma’s fruitcake, and those that need a reason to wash down all their problems with a toxic beverage.
I say merry Christmas! celebrating the birth of my redeemer and savior Jesus Christ.
It is His day of remembrance.
It is his birthday.
We spend a lot of times choosing the right presents for each member.
Wrapping it just right, giving it to them at the perfect time.
I have to laugh because Becky and I did something that we have not done for a long time, not since our kids were growing up. We did not exchange gifts this year. We had some work that needed to be done on the house and decided that was going to be what we get each other. So when contractor finished putting up the gutters, we said merry Christmas to each other.
Just goes to show you that a gift doesn’t have to be wrapped pretty, it just has to be given with love and appreciation.
Breaks the rules of not buying something personal.
Doesn’t have to work for you, it works for us.
To us it was a good gift.
The Magi whom we looked at last night came and followed the star to that barn in Bethlehem. The word of God said that “they bowed down and worshiped the Christ child.”
They presented Him with their finest gifts.
The shepherds according to the Scriptures had an angel of the Lord appears, tells them that they would find the Christ child wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, to men on whom his favor rest.”
“Let’s go to Bethlehem, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
When the shepherds found the baby Jesus, they rejoiced and praised God for what had happened.
The Christmas story comes to a climax this morning as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is the greatest gift that has ever been given.
Rich or poor
No matter the color you are,
Where you live
What other gifts you have opened or will open later.
This is the greatest gift you have been given.
Our text this morning is one verse-
2 Corinthians 9:15. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”
Say that this morning to the Lord as your prayer.
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” Amen.
Paul was writing to the Corinthian church about human gifts.
The church was gathering money for the poor.
He thanks them for their faithfulness and says
“He that sows sparingly should also reap sparingly, and he that sows bountifully shall reap bountifully.
Then he shifts his thoughts to God’s gift to us- Jesus.
And he cannot find words to describe it. He just says thanks for the unspeakable gift.”
What makes a gift special?
For me it is not the cost. It is that it was given in love, it takes time and energy to get it right. Maybe they made it for you. Maybe had to sacrifice to get it for you.
Joan Lunden once featured some indescribable gifts on TV
Jaguar 220 at a price tag of 587,000.
300,000 Gold toilet seat
27,000 pair of sunglasses
These gifts stagger my mind because for me, there out of reach. But, if I had the money in hand, I would never buy any of those gifts.
None of those gifts say thanks be to God. They all say look at me, and what can I give you.
The ruler of the universe came to this world in a barn, a smelly barn, not as royalty, not with fanfare, but as the redeemer of mankind and went on to suffer great loss so that the plan of God would be fulfilled through him.
How do you describe Jesus?
What words would you use?
How do you describe a baby born of a virgin? Best I got is supernatural.
How do you describe God in the flesh?
How do you describe that which is spirit coming in the flesh?
Words are not adequate.
Amazing falls short.
Kool isn’t spiritual enough.
Mind boggling isn’t enough when you realize our minds fall short of the mind of God.
Do you understand all that? Me either.
It would be man’s attempt at describing the supernatural.
“Perfect in Godhead and perfect in manhood.”
The angels announced “Unto you this day is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord.”