The Gift and the Gift Giver

“Or who has given a gift to Him the he might be repaid?”

(Romans 11:35)

               In Matthew chapter 2, we are told of the Wise Men from the east that came in search of the new born king.  In verse 11, it says, “And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”  It is these Wise Men alone who offer Jesus gifts.  When the shepherds arrive, they rejoice.  When Simeon and Anna see the baby Jesus, they praise God.  Why?  The child was the gift of God and was God in human flesh.  Romans 3:24 and 6:23 both refer to grace and eternal life in Christ Jesus as a gift, and Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”  So why do the Wise Men bring gifts?  They are not Jewish, and they are not looking for the Messiah, but they are looking for a king and it is fitting to bring gifts to a king.  Regal gifts like gold, frankincense and myrrh were highly valued commodities.  God used pagans to legitimize what appeared to be an illegitimate pregnancy.  Even though they brought beautiful gifts, the real gift was the child and what he would ultimately do for humanity.  The child who was King of kings died, so that you and I might live as children of the King.  As we celebrate the birth of Christ and give and receive gifts, remember the gift of God: that by grace through faith in Jesus Christ we may know Him and have redemption, forgiveness, and eternal life.

Merry Christmas!

– Pastor Corey Mitchell

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