The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9v15: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” He is, of course, referring to the gift of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the salvation that He offers us through His death and resurrection.
At one level, the Christmas story of God’s great gift appears so simple – yet it is really about trying to describe something that (or rather Someone who) is indescribable. In one of his hymns, Charles Wesley talks about “Our God contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made Man”. The mystery of the incarnation is truly awesome!
I think I may have offended one or two (or probably more?) ladies recently at another church’s Women’s Fellowship when I suggested that the words of the carol “Away in a manger” are somewhat romantic. Any thought of the baby Jesus crying – either when woken by the “lowing cattle” or when hungry etc. – surely couldn’t be right! But such crying isn’t sinful – it is being human and Jesus fully became a (sinless) man. Yet the staggering thing is that as Jesus lay as a helpless baby in Mary’s arms, she was actually being held in His arms as the Son of God.
The indescribable nature of God’s gift continues in the fact that we can receive Jesus into our hearts and lives. Perhaps the following words may express for the first time your heart’s desire – perhaps they express your ongoing desire – either way let’s give thanks to God for His indescribable gift:
“O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in; be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Immanuel.”
Peace and Grace