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"In·de·scrib·able- that which cannot be described; surpassing description. " Words seemed to fail the Apostle Paul as he expressed, "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" (2 Cor. 9:15) Paul is right- words aren't enough to thank God for His greatest gift to and for us, the gift of His own Son. What great love! 1 John 4:9 states, "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." John continues, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." When Paul bursts forth in thanksgiving, he is thanking God not just for His Son, who was humbly born in Bethlehem, and whose birth we celebrate during this season. His heart was overflowing with praise to God for Jesus, who was "delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." (Rom. 4:25) "You shall call his name Jesus," the angel announced to Joseph, "for he shall save his people from their sins." "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you," the angel called to the shepherds who were keeping watch over their flocks that wondrous night so long ago. We read in Isaiah 9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given." At this time of year, when so much emphasis is placed upon gift-giving, let's not forget that our giving God is the source of all good gifts- the greatest of which is the indescribable gift of His Son- the gift of salvation that's offered through faith in Jesus. Jesus, who "gave himself as a ransom for (in behalf of) all men." Words may not be enough to thank God for His Son, but we should never stop thanking Him for Jesus, thanking Him for providing for our greatest need- our need for a Savior. The greatest "thank you" that can be offered God for his indescribable gift is to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, be baptized in Jesus' name for the forgiveness of your sins, and rise to serve in newness of life- living a life that pleases and brings glory to God and to Jesus. In 2 Cor. 5:14 Paul said, "Christ's love compels us." (Is such a great prevailing influence...excites, impels, motivates us) Paul continues (Vs. 15), "Christ died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again." Have you expressed your thanks to God by accepting His gift? If not, why not? If so, your heart (and the actions of your life) must then say along with Paul, "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life that I live is by faith in Jesus, who loved me and gave himself for me. Thank you God, for your indescribable gift!"