Christmas Devotional Day 17: Gifts

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”……

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.

(Luke 2:1-2, 11 NIV)

 

True gifts

 

Today is the day we celebrate Jesus

 

Today is the day we honor the infant sent to live and die for us

 

Today, as we exchange tangible gifts, we should carry in our hearts the reminder of the one gift that the day is truly about

 

A Father who loved His children so much

that He sent a Son to live the perfect life

and die the most selfless death,

all to leave a Spirit for us to accept

and find our way back home.

 

 

It’s a truth that causes an uproar around the holidays.  It’s a miracle that most people refuse to believe.  Still, it is the heartbeat of this season and it will creep into your spirit whether you like it or not.  The Lord is relentless and wishes for us all to know Him.  It’s an amazing gift He gives us as He seeks us out.

 

If you are up for a devotional today, I have one last bit of biblical history for you

It is about the Magi, and the first gifts brought to Jesus.

Before I was a believer, I had never heard of the Magi because I had always heard of the Three Wise Men.  Now, this label is not entirely untrue.  Magi is a name for a ‘wise man’ and, at the time of Jesus’ birth, this group of men included a priesthood of scholars and, as some say, astrologers or astronomers.  They were very intellectual, and curious, and interested in this miraculous birth they had recently heard of.  Altogether, we know that these men were beyond taken by the story and came to see what all the fuss was about.  At the time they may or may not have fully understood the magnitude of the moment; in hindsight, we know their trip was well worth it

 

What strikes me is the obedience of the Magi and their travels from their city to see the King that was born.  To hear of the child and go to Him at once spoke of their strong faith, as well as their strong discipline in gaining knowledge and seeing things firsthand.  It also clearly speaks of humility on their part.  They could have stood back and thought themselves above a small child, or the story they had heard.  Instead, they went on to worship this great King!  They traveled from afar and yes, they brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Though three gifts were given, there is no mention of only three men coming to visit Jesus.  There could have been a dozen, some say, as that was not an uncommon number for a group of Magi in that time to travel together.

 

Today, I reflect on the Magi and what they brought Jesus.  Yes, they brought gifts, but they also brought honor, respect, and they worshipped Him when they found Him.  This Christmas, there is no greater gift we could give than our own honor, respect and praise to our King.  In giving even material things, do it with the grace and peace of the Lord, knowing that all we are is because He gives us breath each day, and all we owe Him is everything.

 

Your Fancy Little Takeaway:

Give, Give, Give. 

Give gifts, love, and the Gospel

Give thanks for your families

Give hugs to your enemies

Give smiles to strangers

Give anything you can, and do it all in His name

 

Merry Christmas Sisters!!

 

 

 

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