“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” (Matthew 2:9-12)
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Merry Christmas! On this day, with great joy we exchange gifts, expressing our love toward one another. Sadly, many will dive into their presents, open them with great haste, and not once acknowledge whose birthday this really is that we are celebrating. Can you believe it? Surely, you can, because there was a day before you met Christ, when your life was all about you, rather than about Jesus. It was all about what you could get, rather than what you could give, and it was focused on “me” not Him. But all that changed the moment you turned from sin and put Jesus in charge of your life. Through repentance and faith, you became His…forever. Now, you can’t help but want to give…to Him and to others.
The Magi were wise men from the east, and most theologians believed their journey was a long one; and they did not show up on the actual night Jesus was born, but possibly two years later. The focus, however, was not on the time of their arrival but what they brought as gifts. Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, were gifts for a King, for a Priest, and for someone who would die. Think of the expense of those extravagant gifts! And they were just the right gifts. Little did they know fully what He had come to do. Sadly, we sometimes forget that as well.
Whatever happened to those gifts? Have you ever thought about that? They haven’t been preserved in some religious museum. We don’t know for sure, but I have an idea. Remember, Joseph had been warned in a dream that he should flee the area because of Herod’s evil intensions. Joseph took Mary and newborn Jesus to Egypt, but how would he provide for them in a new place where he knew no one? It would take time to set up shop as a carpenter wherever he settled for a season in Egypt. God provided the underwriting at just the right time with those expensive gifts. God’s perfect provision comes at the perfect time again.
Remember this today: Just as God provided for His Son, He is still providing for you, His special child…with just the right gifts! Use them well for His Kingdom!