What Can You Give Jesus for Christmas?

Wise Men by George Spencer Watson (c) Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Wise Men by George Spencer Watson (c) Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

“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.

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3 thoughts on “What Can You Give Jesus for Christmas?

  1. blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } I’m crying right now. My son is attending church with Staci and Silas Sunday. She’s off Facebook or I’d introduce you two. I’m sharing your WordPress posts via email.  I have an idea for you to write…a devotion or introduction to scriptures for the ‘newby!’  I feel like I’m your assistant giving you ideas 🙂 Love you 

    Sandy <Micah 6:8. He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  

    • Oh Sandy, that blesses my heart so much! I am praying for God to break in. I will work on that devotional idea – as soon as I get through finals next week. Love you and praising God with you!

  2. blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Personally, I think he chose Episcopal because it’s so liberal, but I feel God can meet him anywhere!!

    Sandy <Micah 6:8. He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  

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