A Place of New Beginnings
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. - Matt 2:1, 2 & 11
Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother.
The first said: “I built a big house for our mother.”
The second said: “I sent her a Mercedes with a driver.”
The third said: “You remember how our mother enjoys reading the Bible. Now she can’t see very well. So I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot recites it.”
Soon thereafter, their mother sent out her letters of thanks.
“Milton,” she said, “the house you built is so huge. I live only in one room, but I have to clean the whole house.
“Gerald,” she said, “I am too old to travel. I stay most of the time at home so I rarely use the Mercedes. And that driver is so rude! He’s a pain!”
“But Donald,” she said, “the little chicken you sent was delicious!”
With all the retail hype around the holidays and the stress caused from searching for the “perfect” gift for that “special someone” have you considered what you will give Jesus this year? After all it’s his birthday!
Like the Wise men who came that first Christmas, we too, should come in worship bearing gifts.
So let me ask you a key question, “As a son, a co-heir and a brother, what gift are you bringing to Jesus on his birthday, this Christmas?”
You could bring a gift of love, or passion, or service, or devotion, or sacrifice, or even your time. Whatever it is, like the wise men so long ago, the gift we bring is going to royalty, so we should give our best and give from the heart.
What are you giving Jesus this Christmas?
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