The perfect gift
And when they [the wise men] saw the star, they were so ecstatic that they shouted and celebrated with unrestrained joy. When they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, they were overcome. Falling to the ground at his feet they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure boxes full of gifts and presented him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11 TPT
Searching for the perfect gift takes time and effort doesn’t it? So I’m curious, does anyone else love to shop for other people? Well, l must say I love shopping, but especially enjoy shopping at Christmas time! I try to take sometime to think about the person I am shopping for and deciding what gift would bring them joy and bless them. Oh, I almost forgot to mention my favorite part would have to be watching the persons reaction as they open it!Priceless! It brings me such joy to give gifts to others. You know, speaking of giving gifts I wonder what it must have been like to be the wise men who seeing the star, started their pilgrimage to bring their gifts to the Saviour of the world? Wow! Can you just imagine the anticipation they must have had?
This was definitely not your typical “baby shower” held in a nice space with delightful treats, beautiful decorations, an assortment of gifts ranging from car seats to high chairs, clothes, pacifiers, diapers and more. Surrounded by all your family and friends as you celebrate the anticipated arrival of your newest addition. No, this event would likely take place in a stable probably smelling like animals, under the night sky with a bright shinning star hovering over the child’s manager in the cool of the evening. The Son of God wrapped in a swaddling cloth laying in a bed of hay. The guest present, were an angel of the Lord joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises, followed by shepherds, and wise men. The gifts presented were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Luke 2, Matthew 2) What a night that must have been for all present, to have witnessed first hand Jesus the Messiah as a newborn baby.
Our key verse says when the wise men saw the Christ child and they fell to the ground at his feet and they worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes full of gifts and presented him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11) These gifts certainly aren’t what you would expect to be given to a new born child. So, then what is the big deal about these gifts anyways? These were more than luxurious gifts they signified Jesus’ future life and divine status. Scholars think that these three were chosen for their special spiritual symbolism about Jesus himself.
Gold is a very precious and valued commodity. In Scripture gold is often associated with Kings, things pertaining to kings, and kingdoms. (Genesis 2:11-12, Exodus 26:5) The gift of gold would signify Jesus’ honor, divine status and his kingship. (Revelation 14:14, 1 Kings 10:10) Frankincense is a symbol of worship and His priesthood. The Bible plainly teaches that Christ is our High Priest. He makes intercession for our sins, and He is the eternal sacrifice for our sins. (Hebrews 4:14-16) Frankincense is highly fragrant when burned and was therefore used in worship, where it was burned as a pleasant offering to God. (Exodus 30:34-38)The gift of frankincense to the Christ child was symbolic of His willingness to become a sacrifice, wholly giving Himself. (Leviticus 6:15, Revelation 5:8) Myrrh is a natural gum or resin extracted from a number of small, thorny tree species and was often times used as a herb in those days for burial rituals. Myrrh given to the Christ child would signify a death in the near future. (John 19:38-40)
This Christmas season you may not be feeling like it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Maybe for you, you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, or maybe you’re mourning the loss of a dream. Are you walking through some disappoint that your life doesn’t look like you thought it would? On the contrary maybe you are just feeling the Christmas spirit and everyone is getting gifts this Christmas?! You are doing great and happier then ever standing on a mountain top. It doesn’t matter where you find yourself this Christmas season there is a precious gift that was bought with a high price JUST FOR YOU. This gift is a gift that keeps on giving. This gift refreshes your soul, encourages your spirit, offers wisdom, gives grace and mercy, brings you comfort, supernatural provision, heals your diseases, directs your path, opens the prison doors that have had you bound, forgives all your sins, reconciles you to God the Father, sets you free from eternity in hell. This is the perfect gift. The ultimate gift you will ever receive. This gift is straight from Heaven with your name on it! This gift beloved is salvation through Jesus Christ who took our place on the Cross bearing all of our sins so that we might be set free and live in eternity with God. To receive the gift of salvation Romans 10:9-10 says that “if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
This Christmas enjoy your perfect gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9)