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.
In almost every culture, the birth of a child is marked with gifts and special ceremonies. Things were no different when the baby Jesus was born. The Magi came into the house where the baby lay. They fell down and they worshipped him, and presented their gifts to him, gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Magi presented the baby with the very best gifts they could find, because this was no ordinary child. This was a special child, who would grow up to be the Savior of the world.
Christmas reminds us once again of this special child who came into this world to save sinners. He gave up his dwelling in heaven, taking on the full likeness of man, to dwell among us. He was crucified, for our sin, so that we might be reconciled to God the Father. On Christmas day, we will remember Jesus’ birth and what it means to us? In many households, carefully wrapped gifts will be exchanged. There will be one silent guest, the One whose birth we celebrate. What will you bring him?
God gave us his very best. The Magi gave the baby Jesus their very best. Will you give him your best?
Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for sending Jesus to earth, to be the Savior of humankind. Today, I give you all the worship, the glory, the praise and the honor. I give you my life, my talent, my time and my treasure. Use it as you will, to advance the cause of the Kingdom on this earth. And may glory be yours, and yours alone. Amen.