“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.” Matthew 2:11
Oh, Christmas time!
We shop and shop and shop some more!
We wrap, we stress and finance galore!
This first Christmas the shepherd came to the manager and brought themselves,
an act of worship. The first time that Christ is worshiped by the wise man, the magi, they brought him treasures, gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. No one had to ask them to bring it, no one set up a list of rules that said you can only see the child if you bring treasures… nope, none of that happened, rather, from in the depths of their hearts they felt drawn to bring a willing sacrifice – to lather the Messiah with gifts.
Gifts of significance at that… gold which represented his kingship, frankincense which foretells of his priesthood, and myrrh which signifies his death.
As I read this story year after year, and retell it to my small children, I can’t help but to be marveled in the details of it this year…. I have thought day in and day out… as I come to Christmas this year, what gift shall I give my King? What will I bring to him….
As I meditate and pray over this during the last seven days leading up to Christmas, I wonder, if there is anyone else out there like me…. who would love to give a gift to Jesus this year on Christmas morning.
Have you been holding something back? Have you withheld part of your heart, your time, your treasure, your fruit of the spirit, etc? May the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob allow the Holy Spirit to visit you and speak to you, so that this Christmas you can lay a gift at the manager.
May the little drummer boy in this video speak to your heart! God bless you friends.