Today's the day we've all been waiting on: IT’S CHRISTMAS!
I would like to take just a few minutes of your time to think about a group of people and the gifts that they gave to a special little boy, Jesus,
These people were wise men from the east who saw a star that signaled the birth of the King of the Jews. After searching Jerusalem on the advice of King Herod they headed for Bethlehem and followed the star "until it came to rest over the place where the child was". So the wise men entered the house where Mary, Joseph and Jesus were staying "and they fell down and worshipped Him". They also presented their gifts for Jesus.
"And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew ch2 v11
Gold- this is a gift you could expect considering that Jesus is known as the King of the Jews.
Frankincense - this gift is more associated with the worship and presence of God, it was burned in the temple and tabernacle daily. These men recognised Jesus' deity and Kingship from the moment they saw the star in the sky.
Myrrh- this is the strangest of the gifts as it is associated with bitterness and suffering and is a scented pigment that was more commonly used to prepare a body for burial
These gifts prophesied the truth about Jesus that he was both God and man and is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Also how Jesus would go through immense pain, suffering and eventually die that we might be reconciled to God.
While the gifts given to Jesus were amazing they all pointed to the best gift, an indescribable gift. So while we open our presents today let us remember this gift, that God gave his only Son through whom we can have eternal life.
"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!"
2nd Corinthians ch 9 v 15
And God bless us, every one!