It is that time of year. The shopping malls are packed, and it is virtually impossible to just swing by the store for something quick. Shopping for Christmas gifts can sometimes be challenging. Especially challenging if your a man who isn’t inclined to walk through stores without a specific goal.
Admittedly, I don’t have a great track record on being the best gift giver. I vividly remember when I bought my now wife a set of cordless phones for her new condo she purchased. In my mind it was functional, and a need; therefore, a good gift. It seemed to be the perfect gift because anyone would need them. When she opened the package it was obvious that it was not perceived the way that I intended. I should have thought that out a little better, and, yes, I learned from that experience. I failed to purchase a gift for her by simply purchasing a gift she could use. There is a significant difference, and I am now well acquainted with this fact.
In Matthew 2:11 we see the wise men coming to see Jesus. We read: “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.” These gifts were reserved for people of high esteem as they were a way of displaying submission to authority. A beauty of this text is quite simply what kind of gifts were brought. These men came bearing not just gifts, but gifts that were fit for a king. They thought about this. It wasn’t a gift card to a first century superstore that sells everything from garden hoses to guns and jewelry. These gifts were fit for a king, the King of Kings.
Consider the thought the wise men put into this. It is postulated that these wise men would have traveled the trade route from Babylon. This followed the Euphrates River north, then south through the Orontes River valley traversing Syria, and finally entering Palestine. If they followed this route, it is about 900 miles. This would have been quite a while to think about what they were doing, and more importantly who they were going to see.
This Christmas season, as we go through the hustle of life, I want to encourage you to think about the recipient of your gifts. Think about who they are as human beings. Think about the blessings they have brought into your life, and think about what gift would show them your gratitude for their influences upon you. Above all, think about these wise men and their thought put forward into action.
When we give gifts this Christmas season, let us remember these first gifts brought by these wise men. Let us remember the fact that they fell down and worshipped Jesus the Christ, and then gave gifts to the King of Kings embodied in humanity. Most importantly let us remember that Jesus is the ultimate gift from our Creator to His children. He is The Most Important Thing.
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Matthew 2:11 – “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.”