Have you ever been speechless? I suppose all of us have at times been unable to express our feelings of sorrow, joy, love confusion, or admiration—times when words just don’t seem adequate.
When the Creator of the universe came to visit our earth, heaven burst forth with angelic revelation and praise, but earth had no language to sufficiently describe the wonder and meaning of His coming. The Apostle Paul, who didn’t seem lacking for the ability to express himself, wrote in his letter to the believers at Corinth: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable (inexpressible or unspeakable) gift” (II Cor. 9:15). Paul was speaking, of course, of God’s gift of Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16).
At Christmas there is a focus on the giving and receiving of gifts because of God’s “unspeakable” gift to us of Jesus Christ, the Son of God taking on human flesh in order to live a perfect life and die the “God-Man,” a substitute to pay the penalty of our sins. “He (God the Father) made Him who knew no sin (God the Son) to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor. 5:21).
Why is God’s gift “indescribable”?
BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS
1. He is the Creator of the universe (Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Neh. 9:6; Jn. 1:1-3; Col. 1:16,17) which is
made up of billions of galaxies each containing billions of stars separated by incomprehensible distances. He placed each star in space (Isa. 40:22) and even though “the Host of heaven cannot be counted” (Jer. 33:22), “He counts the number of the stars; (and) He gives names to all of them” (Psa. 147:4)!
2. He is God manifested in the flesh. “Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” (God with us)
(Isa. 7:14). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt
among us…” (Jn. 1:1,2,14).
BECAUSE OF WHAT HE CAME TO DO (Why did the God of the universe, the Creator, the Almighty God, visit the earth and why did He take on the form of the created beings—mankind?)
1. To do the Father’s will (Jn. 4:34; 5:19; 6:38,40; 17:4)
2. To show us what God is like (Jn. 1:18; 14:7-10; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:1-3). Man had lost the knowledge of God he once enjoyed in the Garden of Eden and had substituted idols. Christ came to show us God’s true nature—holy, just, loving, merciful, patient, tender, forgiving and compassionate.
3. To fulfill the Law (Mt. 5:17; Jn. 1:17). The Law demanded righteousness of man, but because of the weakness of the flesh, mankind agonized under the unbearable burden of the Law. Christ came to meet its every demands as He lives His life in every believer.
4. To fulfill Scripture (Mt. 26:56). There are over 300 prophecies concerning the Messiah which are fulfilled in the life of Christ,
5. To destroy the works of Satan (Heb. 2:14,15; I Jn. 3: 8). The devil works to blind and destroy us and to keep us walking in darkness. Jesus came to break Satan’s stronghold on us and help us walk in light.
6. To seek and to save the lost (us!) (Lk. 19:10; Isa. 53:6). Mankind is lost, dead in trespasses and sin (Eph. 2:1).
7. To die in our place (Heb. 2:9; II Cor. 5:14,15; Isa. 53:5,6).
8. To provide eternal and abundant life (Jn. 3:16; 5:24; 10:10; I Jn. 5:11-13).
9. To become our great High Priest (Heb. 2:16-18; 4:14; 7:24,25). He is our advocate and intercessor before the Father.
BECAUSE OF THE BENEFIT TO US
1. Sins forgiven (Eph. 1:7; I Jn. 3:5; I Pet. 2:24).
2. Eternal life and abundant life (Jn. 10:10).
3. That we might become rich (II Cor. 8:9).
4. That we might become sons of God, joint heirs with Jesus (Jn. 1:12; Ro. 8:17; I Jn. 3:1,2).
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him” (I Jn. 4:9). “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (II Cor. 9:15)! Have you received God’s love gift? Remember, you must open a gift for it to become yours. We receive God’s gift by acknowledging our sin and need for forgiveness, believing that Jesus died to pay for our sin and rose again, and asking Him into our life as Lord and Savior. If you’ve never done that, receive God’s Christmas gift to you. If you have, pause and thank God for His “Indescribable Gift.”