With Christmas season upon us, I’m reminded of the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Let’s see why they brought those specific gifts to he who would become King of Israel.
In addition to the honor and status implied by the value of the gifts of the magi, scholars think that these three were chosen for their special spiritual symbolism about Jesus himself—gold representing his kingship, frankincense a symbol of his priestly role, and myrrh a prefiguring of his death and embalming—an interpretation made popular in the well-known Christmas carol “We Three Kings.” (Source: Biblical Archeology.)
The wise men gave these gifts in recognition of who this Savior was and what he would accomplish. The gifts therefore were about Jesus and had nothing to do with anything else.
Perhaps the most widespread Christmas tradition is the giving of presents to family, friends and the needy. While giving is to be commended, I wonder how many of these gifts say anything about Jesus himself. Jesus’ birth is the reason we celebrate the holiday.
I can’t help but see the twist in how we celebrate Christmas compared to the original ‘Christmas’ (Jesus’ actual birthday). In the original, gifts were given to the young child Jesus; in modern practice we give gifts to each other and most of the time those gifts say nothing about our Savior.
Give Jesus a Gift This Christmas
What a concept! It’s Jesus’ birthday we’re celebrating, right? Why not give HIM a gift this Christmas season?
You ask, what gift can I give the King of Kings and Lord or Lords who has been placed over the entire creation by his Father, God?
Good question. What could he possibly want that he does not already have? Shall we build him a house? No, he prefers his Father’s house. Should we buy him a car? No, he can be anywhere he wants at any time; in fact spiritually he can be everywhere he wants to be at the same time, but don’t fry your brain trying to figure that one out. It’s spiritual and we can’t understand it with our five-senses carnal mind.
Shall we give Jesus milk and cookies like we’ve taught our children to give to Santa Clause? No, he is the bread of life and the water of life. He has all the sustenance he’ll ever need.
So what can we give Jesus that he would really appreciate and hopefully use to his advantage?
You Are the Gift
How about giving Jesus yourself this Christmas? If you haven’t given yourself to Jesus yet, that’s the only gift he wants from you. That’s the only gift he can use. You are the gift Jesus desires.
But you say, “How could the King of Kings and Lord of Lords want me? — How could he use me?”
Jesus wants your heart. Remember when he said he must be about his Father’s affairs?
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that you sought me? knew you not that I must be about my Father’s business?
There’s a thought! Let’s be about our Father’s business too! And what better time to join in than Christmas when it’s very easy to openly talk about the birth of the savior of the world?
How can Jesus use you? Keep in mind by “use” I don’t mean in man’s sense of the word. Jesus doesn’t ‘use’ people with no regard for them to accomplish what he wants. No, no, no. That’s a degradation. Jesus is all interested in your growth and your perfection. As you mature in him, he will use your abilities, your talents and your heart to reach others for him. You will grow even more in the process; that’s how gracious our Lord Jesus is.
Give yourself to the Lord Jesus this Christmas season and forever more. “How do I do that you ask?”
“How do I become useful for he master?”
I’m glad you asked that question because the Word of God has the answer for you. Here it is.
I Timothy 2:20-26 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.
Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving
It’s exciting to walk with our Lord Jesus, and it’s a privilege to speak on his behalf. It’s also a grave responsibility to those who know the truth and live it. I encourage you to give yourself wholeheartedly to our Lord right now and never pull back. Yes, times could get rough, you may become a marked man or women, but you’ll be marked for the Lord. That’s the best marks you can get!
Give yourself to our Lord Jesus Christ. He’ll never let you go; he’ll never let you down. Give your all to him and see what he’s got for you in its fullness this holiday season and every day of the rest of your life.