Monday, December 24, 2012

Wise Men Give Gifts

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Matthew 2:1-2; 10-12 KJV

(v1) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
(v2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
(v 10) When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
(v11) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Who were these wise men, these three bearing gifts to the baby Jesus? They were outsiders from the East, Persia, which is modern day Iraq. Magi among the Persians were the intellectuals, philosophers and priests. Persia and the eastern nations were known for their star gazing, astrology, and idol worship. God in his infinite wisdom and sovereignty spoke even unto the Magi in their language of the stars and drew them from afar, some 800 miles to worship the new born King. You should be shouting right there! The Bibles says at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus as Lord. This means that one day every star gazer, astrologer, magician, every tarot card-reading soothsayer, gypsy, and psychic, no matter how far-fetched and off-based their beliefs, they shall all one day bow and confess Jesus Christ, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
No doubt their gifts were wrapped with beautiful bows and ribbons of multi colors, cut from the finest cloth. They traveled, following the extraordinary star, to present their best to the new born King, money and products from their far-away land, gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Some commentaries suggest that the Magi offered gold as tribute to the King in Jesus, rendering to Caesar that which was Caesar’s; frankincense to the God in Jesus, for God was often honored with the smoke of incense; and myrrh to the Man in Jesus, that should he die, the myrrh could be use to embalm him. These wise men gave gifts to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

So, as you make plans for those office holiday parties, nativity plays, concerts, church programs and festive family gatherings, I've stopped by to ask what are you giving Jesus for Christmas?

God has given every Christian at least one gift to bring to lay before the King, a spiritual gift. First Peter 4:11 states, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (NIV).

Ephesians 4:7-8 tells us Jesus, the Perfect Gift, has given gifts to men. Our gifts have been given “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (v12). Wise men give gifts!

I know some of you are saying I have no money. I have no job. I can’t afford Gucci, Lou Vuitton. I’m like the Little Drummer Boy and Alicia Keys singing “Little Drummer Girl” where she says, “Christmas is lost. I have no gifts to bring to lay before the King. Br rump, pa, pa, pum. It’s just me and my drum!” Then, my brothers and my sisters, by the mercies of God, present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Bring discernment, evangelism, and giving; bring hospitality, intercession, and knowledge; bring pastoring, teaching and writing; bring your musical gifts, vocal and instrumental.

Bring that gift that is within you! Sing glory to God in the Highest! Sing glory to God in the Highest! Sing glory to God in the Highest and on Earth Peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:14)!


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