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An Example of Giving

It was an example of extraordinary giving :

What explains such unusual giving?

The extraordinary giving can only be rightly understood
in light of the exraordinary need-

the need was the septuplets born in November 1997
to the McCaughey family in Carlisle, Iowa.

But there is a far more extraordinary example of giving -
so extraordinary that it has been called
"an unspeakable gift."

What is it ?

It is that God sent His Son, Jesus , into the world.
He left the matchless

  • glory
  • brilliance
  • and splendor of heaven
    to be born in the animals' stable and laid in their manger.
  • He left His eternal, unbroken fellowship
    in the bosom of God the Father to be :
  • bruised
  • crucified
  • and forsaken by the Father.
  • And He did it for you and me!
    "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,
    that ye through his poverty might be rich.
    " {II Cor.8:9}

    What explains such an unspeakable gift?

    The unspeakable gift can only be rightly understood
    in light of the unspeakable need.

    The unspeakable need is our need to be saved from the penalty for sin.
    One does not have to think very long about the commandments for living
    given by God to know that we all like to do what we want to do
    rather than what God wants us to do.
    "Now we know that what things soever the law saith,
    it saith to them who are under the law:
    that every mouth may be stopped,
    and all the world may become guilty before God.
    " {Rom. 3:19}

    Our guilt is due to our sin, our breaking of God's law.
    There is a penalty for sin:
    " So shall it be in the end of this world,
    The Son of man shall send forth his angels,
    and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend,
    and them which do iniquity;
    And shall cast them into a furnace of fire:
    there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
    " {Matt. 13:40-42}
    It is from this penalty that God sent His Son to save us!
    "For God so loved the world,
    that he have his only begotten Son,
    that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
    but have everlasting life.
    " {John 3:16}"
    Truly this is an unspeakable gift! But my friend, have you received it yet?
    "But as many as received him,
    to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
    even to them that believe on his name.
    " {John 1:12}
    "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." {Acts 16:31}

    by Rev Paul Johnson           
    Grace Baptist Church
    of the Comox Valley
    BC, Canada

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