This sermon is part of the sermon series "The Wonder of Jesus' Birth". See series.
Since the Christmas season began, one word has fallen from our lips more than any other. Maybe you haven't stopped to think about which word that was. I don't think it's the word joy or carol or tree or food. I think it's the word gift. If you listen in on conversations in shopping malls and on parking lots around this country of ours, I'm sure you'll hear the word mentioned several times in one conversation. We have lists of gifts we hope to buy. Some have lists of gifts they hope to receive. One of my children every year presents me with a single-spaced, typewritten sheet listing the gifts I may wish to get or not. Then I also am given a list of absolute gifts that are not optional.
I'd like you to turn first to the favorite Christmas verse of mine: 2 Corinthians 9:15. Because it is not found in the setting related to the nativity scene, we often don't think of it in light of Christmas. I think it ought to appear on every Christmas card. I think it describes, in terms that really beggar description, the gift of God to us. "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" Now that verse arrests our attention. It certainly should. It's written by a brilliant man who trained under Gamaliel, a rabbi: Saul of Tarsus, who was well respected in his day. He was a keen thinker. He had a broad vocabulary. He was a master of the Greek language. He was a capable communicator. More of his writings appear in the New Testament than anyone else, and, save Jesus Christ, he is probably the greatest theological mind that has ever come into existence. And yet he pauses when he comes to this simple four-letter word "gift" and says it is indescribable. As he dips into the treasure ...
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