When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house,
they saw the child with his mother Mary,
and they bowed down and worshiped him.
Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The Wise men saw the star and became overjoyed with the gift of salvation!
Do you experience the same joy?
Are we in awe of the one who adopted us as children of the Promise?
Those who follow the Star of David are heirs of salvation and inherit the gift of grace in Christ our Saviour!
So we bear gifts at Christmas time, reflecting the love of the one who gave us the gift of all gifts, the Christ child.
The wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
What will you and I give?
Will we give Christ our hearts? Our lives, hopes, dreams, service, time?
It might mean a great sacrifice of self. Not a common love language these days. Yet as we give our hearts to Jesus, and our lives in thankful service, we find the greatest joys in life.
Christ fills our hearts and makes His home in us as we believe. We become filled with the Holy Spirit, who empowers us by His power (grace) to live the life Christ calls us to live.
There has been so much stated about Christmas being a hard time for many. And it truly is. Yet as we focus on the gift of all gifts, our precious Jesus, the focus for the day will be on Christ. That is what I advise to all who are alone and hurting.
As we fill our hearts with Christ, there is no room for emptiness. He takes our sorrows and lifts the burdens from our shoulders. By His stripes we receive healing. We rejoice even in the hardest of circumstances as we focus our hearts and lives on Christ.
What gift can you bring to Jesus right now?
Is it the gift of joy? Perhaps sharing your Christmas feast with someone lost and alone? Maybe the gift of a hard heart softened by His love?
Each of us can give the gift of the gospel to those in need. In some creative way we can share the joy we have in Christ!
Just sharing our joy in Christ by giving a gift card to someone in need, or a plate of cookies to a lonesome or hurting neighbour? Maybe visiting someone in the hospital at Christmas would bring joy? These are small, tangible ways to share the gift of Christ’s love.
There are many ways we can reach out to others at Christmas and throughout the year. Kind words said to a mom who is busy with her children. I heard and would love to be part of a ministry someday soon in handing out mittens on the cold streets of Toronto to the homeless.
There are myriad ways to show our love to others around us. We often give a gift given to a family member we love, knowing they would enjoy that gift.
One of the best gifts is the one we received from Jesus. Forgiveness.