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.
God loved the world so much that he gave us the greatest gift of all; his one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God’s gift was not wrapped in glittering paper, but rather in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger. God’s gift was never meant to be torn open, ignored, returned or rejected, but to be held close, nurtured and cherished, and loved for all eternity.