In that regard – what would you give Jesus this year at the celebration of his birth? The wise men probably asked the same question in Matt 2:11 we read,
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”
These men were smart enough to follow the star thousands of miles to Jesus, influential enough to gain an audience with Herod, and rich enough to afford almost any gift they might choose to give, so here is what they gave…
- They gave treasure. Yes the gifts were indeed treasures and it illustrates that giving of our tithes and offerings to Jesus is part of our Christmas worship.
- They gave time. It would have taken them up to two years to travel to the child and who knows how long they gave in research to understand the sign that God was giving them in the heavens. At Christmas we are to separate out time to be with the Lord and not spend the entire season in the flurry of busyness.
- They gave honor. Once they found him they “…fell down and worshiped him.” It is all about Jesus. We must fight the temptation to give greater honor to secular traditions or nostalgic emotions than we do Jesus at Christmas.
- They gave their hope. They invested their hopes for the future in this child who they saw to be the true king. He was seen as the one who will guide and rule the future. So we too ought not to see Christmas only as a time to remembering – but also as a time for resting confidently in the God who holds the future in his hands.
The one who truly has everything Jesus himself, still is eager to receive these same kinds of gifts from us all for the gifts speak of our love and honor for Him.
His and yours,