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A Tiny Gift- Strangely Wrapped, Silently Delivered

In the birth of Jesus, God has delivered an indescribable gift to us.


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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Charles Swindoll is pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, the Bible teacher on the radio program Insight for Living, and a best-selling author.

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Floyd Finch

December 27, 2011  12:02pm

Christmas is an opportunity each year to hear and respond to spiritual messages God wants to communicate to us personally. This biblical study helped me to hear the Word of Truth is a clear and compelling way. Thank you for making this available!

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Louis Anderson

December 27, 2011  11:44am

I always enjoy reading anything by Chuck Swindoll. I really enjoyed this resource in particular. It was very interesting. Thank you for making it available.

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December 16, 2011  8:12am

A unique recounting of a familiar subject for Christians that is also captivating for the unchurched while maintaining its Biblical integrity. Truly a reminder to all of exactly what the true meaning of Christmas is supposed to be about!

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Dan Jackson

November 30, 2011  4:56pm

An excellent sermon. I appreciate all of your publications and web offerings.

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I. The baby Jesus comes wrapped in prophecy

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