The Unspeakable Gift

Long ago, there ruled in Persia a wise and good king. He loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived. He wanted to know about their hardships. Often he dressed in the clothes of a working man or a beggar, and went to the homes of the poor.  No one whom he visited thought that he was their ruler. One time he visited a very poor man who lived in a cellar. He ate the coarse food the poor man ate. He spoke cheerful, kind words to him.  Then he left.

Later he visited the poor man again and disclosed his identity by saying, “I am your king!” The king thought the man would surely ask for some gift or favor, but he didn’t.  Instead he said, “You left your palace and your glory to visit me in this dark, dreary place. You ate the coarse food I ate. You brought gladness to my heart! To others you have given your rich gifts. To me you have given yourself!”

The King of glory, the Lord Jesus Christ, gave himself to you and me. The Bible calls Him, “the unspeakable gift!”  “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift, God’s gift to us is Jesus Christ our Savior, and Jesus Christ is the Lord”. 2 Corinthians 9:15

Why does Paul use this particular description? The gift involves unspeakable sacrifice; God spared not His own son, but delivered Him up for us all.

Additionally, His gift brought with it unspeakable results, and every now and then we should never fail to recall what God has done for us.

This Christmas, and on every other day of the year, there simply is no greater gift we could recognize and receive…the unspeakable gift of Jesus Christ.

Wishing you faith for today,

Roy Ice