What Was The Best Christmas Gift Ever?
Description: As we all reminisce of all the Christmas past, I am certain we can recall the best gift we ever received and ever gave to a friend or loved one.
Verse: They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. Matthew 2:11
I am certain that in the short days that are left before the holiday Christmas, we have all been looking for the best Christmas gift we could give to our loved ones and friends. Many have been on this journey months ago to make certain that they would not be left stranded without finding the special gift. And unfortunately there are those who will wait till the eve before to look frantically in the scraps left by all those who had shopped days before and all that remains is empty shelves that on the day after Christmas will be reduced to price and new inventory will be placed on the shelf for the next holiday.
However when we do the research, the true meaning of Christmas is a festival commemorating the birth of Jesus, traditionally celebrated on December 25 by most Western Christian churches. One of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish worship and, as a gift, it showed that people would worship Jesus. You might ask why were these gifts so important?
The theories generally break down into two groups:
• All three gifts are ordinary offerings and gifts given to a king. …
• The three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death.
It’s that time of year again…time for gift-buying, gift-wrapping, and gift-exchanging. What are the gifts we could bring Jesus this Christmas? One way we can discover that is to look at Matthew 2:1-12, which tells of the gifts the wise men brought Him on the night when God became flesh and dwelt among us.
I don’t know whether the wise men understood all of this, but the wise men saw a star and this star represented that a special child – – a King had been born to save Israel. And this is not by accident. Of everything that could be listed as gifts to the King, we read they brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to recognize His sovereign dominion, sacred deity, and sacrificial death.
To often we forget the true meaning of this holiday that birthed a Savior to the entire world. This King did not make a grand entrance as many of His followers had thought, He came to us as a child born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. His earthly parents received the news by angelic visits as well as the first visitors, shepherds and wisemen who visited the new born King.
The best way to think about this birthdate is no different than how all of us were born. There was excitement, joy, and tears of words that could not be said, priceless. Parents never forget this special day and will remember every special moment and thank God they were given this special gift from Him. You see many of us remember also singing Happy Birthday Jesus on Christmas as well and I can remember as well Birthday cakes being made to celebrate His birth. But sometimes the true meaning of Christmas is hid with presents and parties that never mention His name, or thank Him for what He had done for them that year.
I think the wisemen were the only true men that understood the prophecy of a King being born as a child and placed in a manger. He didn’t make the grand appearance as we would have expected for a King to make. And He didn’t get first class treatment as He deserved. True followers and believers in the story however remain to remember the special night that a child who was born grew up to be a special person for all the world to hear about still today. The question for you today – – What would you bring or give to the King who came to save a lost world, and to ensure a relationship with His Father forever?
What will you give Jesus this Christmas? Your wealth? All that we have belongs to Him. Your worship? Fall on your face before Him. Your witness? I want the world to know that He died for me. Do you? My wealth, my worship, and my witness belongs to my Lord. And so does yours. It is all our choices to remember that this special day was about a gift of love from a Father (God) who loved His creation and wanted a relationship with Him. Sin separated all of us from that relationship and allowing His Son (Jesus) to leave Heaven to come to Earth and sacrifice Jesus’s life was the greatest gift to all humanity.
You see, the best Christmas gift is love! And we all have the ability to return that gift to anyone and everyone. Merry Christmas!