Lesson 46—December 21, 2014
The Best Christmas Gift
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15
To better understand the ultimate Christmas gift.
Have you ever received a gift that was so wonderful it was literally indescribable? As you tried to express your excitement, appreciation and gratitude, you said something like: “I just don’t have the words to adequately describe how I feel.” If that has ever happened to you, you know a little of how the Apostle Paul felt when he wrote 2 Corinthians 9:15 (please read this verse again).
(V15a) This verse begins with something very much like a shout of “hallelujah praise.” Paul’s exclamation: “Thanks be to God…!” is not casual or lighthearted. These words are a declaration of praise and thanksgiving, expressing the most sincere pronouncement possible—Thanks be to God!
In these seemingly simple words, “Thanks be to God,” we see the fountain flowing with words of doxology (meaning praise to God):
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below,
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen (Ken).
In the last few months, what has God taught you concerning praise and thanksgiving?
How do you express your praise to God?
How does our personal private praise affect our public collective praise?
Please finish the following statement.
Praise is the result of…
(V15b) In the second portion of verse 15, we find the reason for the Apostle Paul’s great testimony of thanksgiving and praise: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” We should read this verse in connection with 2 Corinthians 8:9. Please read.
The indescribable gift of which Paul writes is the gift of God’s own Son. Please read John 3:16. Now carefully, slowly and prayerfully read it again listening, hearing, and receiving each word. Worship Him as you read these wonderful words of life.
We cannot fully comprehend or appreciate the blessed fact that God gave. Think on the truth that God gave. Pray on and over the truth that God gave. Literally speak aloud the word of truth—God gave. Meditate on the truth that God gave. With the help of the Spirit, say the words—God gave.
Prayerfully dwell on these two questions.
1. Why would God give?
2. Why would God, the Creator of the universe, give to us?
Read John 1:12 and prayerfully testify in writing what it means to you personally that God gave.
(V15b) “His indescribable gift”
Indescribable means “not able to describe, not able to fully explain, without words of description, beyond explanation.”
The “Best Christmas Gift” is the one that the Apostle Paul describes as “indescribable.” This “Best Christmas Gift” is the gift of God’s Son to the world. In this gift, God made a way of salvation for all of us (whosoever).
I ask each of you to do something very special during this Christmas season? Would you take just a few minutes, before you start enjoying the blessing of opening gifts, and read Luke 2:1-20? Then pause and thank God for The Best Christmas Gift.
As your class comes to a close today, please lift your voices in praise. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels! O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning, Jesus, to Thee be all glory given; Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing! O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
This Christmas Eve, we will gather at 11:00 pm to celebrate the birth of our Savior. It will be a special night of remembrance and celebration. On this special night, we will bring our “Jesus Offering” to the altar.
This year’s offering will
∗ purchase medicines for the people of El Salvador,
∗ help construct churches in Mexico and Guatemala,
∗ assist our own Jay and Meagan Hartsfield in their final training before they leave for India, and
∗ help our own community through Abigail’s Plan.
Please come and bring your love offering to Jesus.