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What is the real Gift? The Real Gift of Christmas? The Real Gift that God has given. The Real Gift for the world today. People scarcely give a passing thought for the coming of Christ. Yet, at this time of year (Christmas), we do know that there is some acknowledgment of it. But think of the Gift of God. Who is the Gift of God? It's Christ, our Saviour and Lord. As He told the woman at the well. The Gift of God. He says, If you knew the Gift of God, you would know that really I am the Gift of God, is what He was saying. He is the Gift. The Maker of it all. Who took form as a helpless, dependent newborn. As we've referred to then, earlier. The Maker of all - was made flesh, And dwelt amongst us. How can we express this wonder? In 2 Corinthians 9 verse 15, Paul says, Thanks be unto God - for His unspeakable Gift. Christ is The Gift. Consider the unspeakable dimension of this Gift that He has given to the world. God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son. Unspeakable in it's worth. Unspeakable in it's joy. We read of joy unspeakable and full of glory. Joy unspeakable. Unutterable. We can't put it into words. We can't describe it with human words. Consider, this morning, the great quality of this Gift. We all can have gifts of varying qualities, and varying value. But really it's the love behind the gift that counts, isn't it? It's not so much the gift. But yet, of this Gift, It's unspeakable. The very Son of God. God gave His Only Begotten. The great privilege of this Gift, that He would give it to the world. To you. To me. Given. To you. This Gift. Beyond compare. The great privilege of this Gift. Consider that, for a moment. Consider the blessings that He has given, right from Genesis through Revelation. He's been giving. Genesis 1, verse 29, The first thing God gave. He says, Behold I have given you every herb... And then, right at the back of the Book, Revelation 21, verse 6, He says, I will give to him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He gives the soil. He gives the seed. He gives the rain. Think of what He's given. Think today. Consider today. Reflect today. What our Saviour gave, and still gives. He gave His back to the smiters. Isaiah 50, verse 6, 'I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.' I gave my back for the smiters, He says. He gave. And He gives still. He gives His love to the hateful. He gives His touch to the untouchable. He gives His grace to the unworthy. He gives His life to the lifeless. Acts 17:25, it says, neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. All things, we can thank Him for. All that He has given. He gives peace to the restless. He says, My peace I give unto you. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. He says, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. My peace, I give unto you. I give unto you, rest. He gives light to the darkness. He gives liberty to the captives. He gives victory to the defeated. Paul writes, But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. He gives victory today. Victory. You are more than a conqueror. He gives power to the weak. He give sonship. He gives relationship. In John 1:12, He says, But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. He gives power. He gives sonship. Most of all, He gives Himself. Galatians 1:4, it says, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world according to the will of God and our Father. Who gave Himself for our sins. What a gift! What a gift today! 1 Timothy 2:6, Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. He gave Himself a ransom for all. That payment that had to be paid. Who gave Himself for us, Titus 2:14, That He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Galatians 2:20, Paul writes, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me And the life which I now live I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. The Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me. That is the Gift. The unspeakable Gift. His love, He gives. His love, to the unlovely. His love, to the undeserving. His love, He gives. God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son... His love He gives, joyfully, freely, fully, unconditionally. God's ultimate Gift, given, and received by man, is His salvation. ...So loved that He gave, that whosoever believeth on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. Salvation is a beautiful Gift, isn't it? Have you received it? Have you trusted Him? Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Gift of God. This word, Gift, here, it's got the sense of free gift. Charisma. The grace gift. An undeserved gift. Of something given to a man, unearned, and unmerited. Not something you can work for, pay for, earn, deserve. None of that. It's something given. Freely given. To sinful man, to sinful woman. From God's abounding Grace. It's something we could never have achieved. Nothing we could ever have attained by our own efforts or striving or working. We cannot earn it. It's the opposite of wages. The wages of sin is death. But the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. And, For by grace are ye saved through faith, that not of yourselves, it is the Gift of God Not of works lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8. The Gift of God. It's wonderful, isn't it? If we could just dwell on Heaven for a moment. If we could just consider and reflect on the abundant generosity of God! That He would give it to us. Give it to the undeserving, as we are. Undeserved. What is your response to the Gift of God? What is your action, to His Gift? What is your application of this truth? The Psalmist cried out, Psalm 116, verse 12, What shall I render unto the LORD for all His benefits toward me? What shall I render? What shall I give to the Lord? For all His benefits toward me? We can't really give anything in comparison, can we, to that unspeakable gift? That undeserved gift. Do we just give our leftovers to God? Someone wrote, Leftovers are such humble things, we would not serve to a guest. And yet, we serve them to our Lord, Who deserves the very best. We give to Him leftover time, stray minutes here and there. Leftover cash we give to Him, such few coins as we can spare. We give our youth unto the world, to hatred, lust, and strife. Then, in declining years, we give to Him the remnant of our life. Don't leave it, that you just give leftovers to God. Just what you can spare. Just a token. A glib, kind of, moment or two. Give your heart, your life, your soul to Him. Do we stop, in gratitude, to think of all His benefits towards us? Or do we not really give much thought to that? Just a passing thought? To give Him thanks, like Paul, Thanks be unto God, for His unspeakable Gift. A Gift we can't describe, we can't communicate, we can't express with our words, whatever language we speak. We can't describe His love, His goodness, His grace, His Gift. Shouldn't we be thankful? Let's be grateful. Sometimes we don't have that gratitude. We always find something to complain about, something we don't have. Something we lack, something we strive for, there's always more that we can have, of this world's toys and trinkets, and attractions. But what really counts? It's faith, isn't it? What really counts. It's our love for Christ. Salvation. That's what matters. And thank Him. Thank Him. Have thankfulness. For example, Thank you Lord, for “little” things. The things of ev’ry day. A bird’s song clear, a blossom sweet, the green grass growing at my feet, a little child at play. I thank You, Lord, for “little” things. The sunset’s red-gold hue. The star-lit sky, the buzz of a bee, the spreading branches of a tree. These gifts have come from You! I thank You, Lord, for “little” things, the handclasp of a friend, a happy smile, a cheering word, a bit of song or verse I’ve heard. All these and more, You send! These gifts You give are precious gifts - I thank You for each one. But far above all else You gave, stands Calvary’s cross, an empty grave - The gift of Christ, Your Son! Thank Him for that, today. Thank Him for the day by day blessings, the things we take for granted, count your blessings, name them one by one! Especially salvation. Do you have that Gift? That's the most vital. And what we are is God's gift to us, what we become is our gift to God. Make your life a gift. Make your life His life. Make your life a living sacrifice. What can I give? You can give your repentance. You can give your worship. Through Matthew, the folk worshipped Him. They gave Him worship. You can give Him your life. Give Him your love. Give Him your heart. As our Lord tells us, in Mark 12:30, And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Just one sentence, and yet, so rich, so absolute, isn't it? Your all. Give your all to Him today. Won't you rededicate your life to Him today? I know last Sunday night someone wanted to rededicate their life to the Lord. And we prayed with them, as they took that step of trusting Christ. It's always a great moment to reflect on the Gift, isn't it? Of, as the world calls it Christmas, but as we know in reality, it's the birth of our Lord and Master, our Saviour, our precious, wonderful Saviour. Give yourself afresh to Him today. Let your life be in His hands. Don't give Him your leftovers. Give Him your all. Give Him all your love. Give Him all your devotion. Give Him all your thankfulness and gratitude. Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift.
Duration: 16 minutes and 34 seconds
Producer: Andrew Craig
Director: Andrew Craig
Posted by: aussie on Jan 9, 2010
The Gift of God is the very person of the Son, His Unspeakable Gift. He gave and gives still. He gives peace, victory, power, and Himself for our sins. Eternal life. What can I give to Him?
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