by Jerry Vines

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Christmas 2004
Jerry Vines
John 3:16

I want to talk to you this morning about "God's Greatest Gift of All." Second Corinthians 9, verse 15, says, "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."

I've been preaching on the birth of Jesus for a long time. Every year at Christmastime I have been telling the story of the birth of Jesus, talking about the meaning of Christmas. While I was preparing this week it suddenly dawned on me, I'm a little slow, but after these years of preaching on the birth of Jesus, it dawned on me that you can preach on the birth of Jesus from any place in the Bible. From Genesis 3, verse 15, all the way to Revelation 22, verse 16, you can preach the story of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in any section in the Bible.

Then something else I noticed this week. I noticed how many times the Bible talks about the birth of Jesus and salvation in terms of a gift. "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." "Unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given." Jesus said to the woman at the well, "If thou knewest the gift of God." Paul said, "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The birth of Jesus Christ is couched in the terms of a gift.

We all know about gifts. This is the time of the year when we give gifts. I'm always amused when I read some of these true letters that children send to Santa Claus. One that I read this week said, "Dear Santa, You didn't bring me anything good last year. In fact, you didn't even bring me anything good the year before that. This is your last chance. Signed, Albert."

Then I read this one. "Dear Santa, There are three little boys at my house. Jeff is 2, David is 4, and Norman is 7. Jeff is good some of the time. David is good most of the time. Norman is good all of the time. I'm Norman."

The Rob Report every Christmas puts out a little list of the 21 greatest gifts a person can give for whom mone ...

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