“They opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh,” (Matthew 2:11)
What kind of gift do you bring to a newborn King? When the royals or celebrities have babies, gifts pour in from all around the world. Lavish, expensive gifts like giant stuffed animals, beautiful baby clothes, and the very best in baby transportation. Only the best will do for these little one of such high standing. When the wise men came to visit Jesus, they brought gifts worthy of a first-century king – gold, incense and myrrh. Many scholars believe there is significance in each of these gifts: “Gold might represent His deity and purity, incense the fragrance of His life, and myrrh His sacrifice and death” (myrrh was used as an embalming spice) (Walvoord and Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament, 22).
I love the story of the little boy who, during the offering at church, set the plate on the floor and stood on it. As his embarrassed mother pulled him back to his seat with whispers of “What are you doing?” he replied in a very loud voice, “But Mommy, I don’t gots no money, so I wanted to give Jesus myself!” Image the sermon that might have followed that! But our little friend is right on target. Just as the magi presented Jesus with gifts, the Bible tells us that we are to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God,” (Romans 12:1). In the first two verses of Romans 12, Paul tells us that our gifts to God are our bodies (v. 1) and our minds (v. 2) – what we do and how we think. The gift of our hearts is the thread that holds the whole book together. In other words, we are to give every bit of ourselves to the Lord. Remember Jesus’ words about the great commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). We love God by giving Him ourselves, inside and out.
Let all of you be your gift to Jesus this Christmas.