11 “On coming to the house, they (the Magi) 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, and incense, and of myrrh.”
Have you ever received a gift that you really wanted but just knew you never would get? Just such a gift was given to me when I was very young. I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma in the mid to late 1930’s. Money was tight, but that didn’t prevent a young boy from wanting a special gift. In the Sears, Roebuck catalog and then in a shop in Ponca City, Oklahoma, I had seen the most wonderful item that I could ever want. A wonderful “red flyer wagon.” I knew that there wasn’t money to spend on such a luxurious gift, not even for Christmas, but oh how I wanted that wagon. I never even dared tell anyone about my desire, but somehow my Daddy found out. Can you imagine my surprise on Christmas morning when there under that Cedar Christmas tree was my wonderful wagon? It was not the red Flyer wagon in the catalog, but to me it was the most beautiful wagon in the whole world, never mind it was not “new”. Daddy had found this wagon, I don’t know where, and it didn’t look like much until he got through with it. Somewhere he had found four “new” wheels and some bright ride paint and I was the happiest boy in that part of Oklahoma.
In our Scripture for today we read the first recorded account of gifts being presented to Christ after His birth. There are several facts of this account that we need to be reminded of. 1st. These men had traveled many miles through many difficulties to bring these gifts to Christ. 2nd. These gifts were not “junk”. They represent the best and finest that was available. Gold, a costly item taking time and effort to refine; incense, a very scarce commodity; myrrh, a product not commonly used except for burial purposes. 3rd. Even after arriving at what they considered their destination they had to persevere to actually find the object of their search. These men show us the way we must be willing to follow to bring our gifts to Christ.
On this Christmas Day, as we give and receive gifts from our loved ones, let us give the gift to Christ that will make Him overjoyed. Don’t worry that you have some scrapes and dents, He can and will take you and make you “brand new.” Ask Him today to receive the gift of yourself as you commit, or recommit your life to Him.