The gifts at and the Gift of Christmas

For the past couple of nights, we have been as a Church going home to home, caroling and proclaiming the good news of God’s presence with man (Emmanuel) by being born into this world in the form of a baby, who is named Jesus, which means Savior a.k.a. He shall save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21-23). One of the songs we sang was ‘We three kings of Orient are’ which narrates the event of the wise men from the east that sought the king of the Jews who fell down and worshipped Jesus, when they came into the house and saw Jesus the child with his mother, Mary and in their act of worship, opened their treasures and presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).

While the presentation of gifts may be considered customary and happenstance, there is more to learn from this portion of the Scripture, just as any other narrative in the Christmas account.

Let us at first we look at the givers and then we shall look at the gifts.
The givers first and foremost fell down and worshipped Jesus, then they opened their treasures and presented him with their gifts. We must do likewise as well. We must first fall down and worship Jesus for He is King of kings, then we must open up our heart (for out of it is the wellspring [treasures] of life) and present ourselves to Him.  In other words, our act of worship must include wholeheartedly surrendering all we have and are to Him, the King over all.

Now looking at the gifts. The gifts that were given were gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Gold signifies royalty and divinity. It is the gift given to kings. Here we see that Jesus is the King given the gift of gold.
Frankincense signifies the prayers of the saints. Jesus is given Frankincense to symbolize that He is indeed a Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek, the High Priest of the Most High God who is the intercessor on our behalf to God.
Myrrh signifies aroma/perfume which was used when preparing someone for burial. By the presenting of myrrh to Jesus, it symbolizes the preparation for his death on the cross of Calvary as the final and acceptable sacrifice for the salvation of mankind. The cross overshadowed the cradle in the manger on the First Noel, the first Christmas, when the Son of God became the Son of Man, so that the sons and daughters of man could become the sons and daughters of God.

Additionally, we must not forget that the greatest giver was none other than God, Jehovah Jireh, The Provider of a provision for reconciling God with man (Emmanuel), through the greatest gift which was His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, THE GIFT.

What is the gift you/I are/am going to give Jesus?

Matthew 2:11 (KJV)
11 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.

John 3:16  (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus Christ, God’s Gift; THE PRESENT to mankind

If I was to ask you as to what the gift of God is toward mankind, the chances are that your answers may be one of the following – salvation, eternal life, a restored relationship with God, all of which are scripturally correct, but how often do we think of the gift of God is the person of Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh for us.

I can’t quite remember who it was that first said that the gift of God is an INCREDIBLE, INDISPUTABLE and INDISPENSABLE gift, but believe that the inspiration was truly divine. Jesus Christ, God’s gift The PRESENT to mankind is One you and I can freely receive and cherish. Jesus Christ is truly Incredible, Indisputable and Indispensable.

Incredible because of His

  • Origin from God (For God)
  • Overflow of Love (So)
  • Object of Affection (The world, you and me)

Indisputable, because He is

  • Definite (That)
  • Sacrificial (He Gave)
  • Unique (Only begotten Son)

Indispensable, in that He

  • Reaches all of Humanity (Whoever believes in Jesus)
  • Rescues from Hell (Shall not perish)
  • Redeems us for Heaven (but have eternal life)

Have you received this Indescribable Gift?

John 3:16 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Presence and Present

The LORD God sought his priceless of creation, Adam and his wife in the cool of day, but they hid themselves from the PRESENCE OF THE LORD God due to fear that came as a result of their disbelief in God words, beguiled by the devil, that led them to disobey the LORD God (Genesis 3:8-13).

Driven from the presence of God, the gift that man could receive is to be able to once again enjoy the presence of His creator, the LORD God. This gift (present) that was given so that we return into the presence of the LORD God was given on a tree. On Christmas, we often look for the presents under the tree, and seldom do we see (Jesus Christ) THE PRESENT on the tree (Cross). Jesus’ crucifixion paid the wages of sin in full (no debt anymore) so that man no longer will need to hide from the PRESENCE of the LORD God.

What’s even more is that with the ascension of Jesus into the presence of LORD God after his resurrection from the dead, He sent us His Spirit to be with us so that GOD can be PRESENT IN US according to his promise, “I will be with you until the ends of the age” (Matthew 28:20). The Bible also records that Jesus Christ entered into heaven to appear in the PRESENCE OF GOD for us (Hebrews 9:24). Jesus is our proxy in Heaven, until the day of the Lord, in which we shall all be together.

So succinctly, it can be said that The presence of the Spirit of Jesus in you is THE PRESENT (gift) of God that brings eternal life, life forever in the PRESENCE OF THE LORD God (John 3:16).

Point(s) to Ponder:

  • Are you hiding from the presence of God because of unconfessed sin in your life? If so, let us confess now, for He is Faithful and just to cleanse us of ALL unrighteousness.
  • Do you know Jesus Christ, THE PRESENT (gift of God) on the Cross who has paid the wages for ALL of your sin, as your LORD and Savior? He is now our proxy in heaven!
    If you have not yet received Jesus, God’s PRESENT to you, I beseech you to believe in Him so that you will have no reason to hide anymore from the presence of God!
    If you have already received Jesus, God’s PRESENT to you, are you enjoying the PRESENCE of the LORD God or should the question really be “Is the LORD God enjoying your presence with Him?