The Last Gift
December 14, 2014 at 10:45 am Categories: Sermons
Date: December 14, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott
Text: 2 Corinthians 9:15
Saving the best for last has a way of heightening the delight of the one who gets the gift.
For a gift to be indescribable it has to have something of God in it… that’s what sets it apart.
For John, all language runs out before who Jesus is runs out.
Perhaps the last gift was the gift that both Jesus and the Father gave. And perhaps the last gift is also a person.
But maybe the better way to say it is that this is the gift who is the Holy Spirit.
He fills us with love for unlovable people, grace for the ungracious, mercy for the merciless.
This kind of life is not for the spiritually exceptional or some spiritual elites but for everyone and anyone who has received Jesus Christ as Lord and savior.
Each gift they give says something about the One to whom their gifts are given
“…a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” – Phil. 4:18
At his birth the magi brought myrrh that spoke of the suffering that was to follow for the child of the manger.
They were offering him an easier way out but Jesus was looking for the narrow way in.
The best gift is the last gift when the best gift, who is Jesus, comes again.
Bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.