#15 The Gift

13 December 1999

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift"- 2 Corinthians 9:15 Undefinable by the mortal tongue the gift was given. From heaven to earth, from glory to a sin cursed world, the gift would descend. Without tinsel or ribbon, no gift has ever graced the halls of humanity as the gift of the Christ child. The gift was not for pomp or show, the king was not invited, lowly shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, they would witness the gift, a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a lowly manger. This was no ordinary babe. Verily man, verily God, Mary held within her arms her own Saviour, the Creator of all worlds. Is not the gift unspeakable? Every gift has its price. The unspeakable gift cost the Father an unspeakable price: His only begotten Son. It came from the heart of a loving God. Who could comprehend it? Even in its price, the gift was unspeakable. But the gift was not appreciated. As a babe it was hunted by kings and soldiers. As man, the gift was rejected by his own. The gift was spat upon, ridiculed, beaten, despised, rejected and ultimately crucified. But this did not diminish the value of the gift. It only added to its beauty. Is not this unspeakable? The gift was not without significance. Amidst the proclamation of the majestic event, the purpose of the gift was disclosed by the angelic chorus, "A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord". Sin is addressed here! The purpose: a Saviour. God has come to us, in human form, to save His people. There was no other way. The law couldn't do it; the priests could not do it; the tabernacle could not do it; the gold of the temple could not do it; the blood of bulls and goats could not do it; their religion could not do it; but the gift, He will do it. Unspeakable! It is certain that the gift was not offered to man. It was man that crucified the gift. Therefore, we are most thankful the gift was not entrusted to man. As with the types and shadows of the gift in the Old Testament, so we observe with the gift. The wave offering, the heave offering, the bull and the goat, were they not all offered to God for a particular people? After all, they sought Jehovah's approval and acceptance, not mans. And did not these offerings, when accepted by Jehovah, sanctify the exact people for whom they were offered? Therefore, the gift was offered to God for man, not to man for man. Paul said it like this, "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour" -Ephes. 5:2........for us......to God. That was the order of the gift. It should be observed as such today. If accepted by the Father, the purpose of the gift would be achieved. The people for whom He died would be sanctified, set apart, His blood atoning for their sin. And behold, we now see the gift through the eye of faith. He has risen from the grave. The angels are present once again to speak concerning the gift, "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay"-Matthew 28:6. We see the gift stand before the Father with His garments dipped in blood saying, "Behold, I and the children which God has given me". The purpose of the gift unfolds as His victory is certain. But our question today is this: "Was the gift offered for you?" If it was, you may say with us, "Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift." Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115. Sincerely,Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.