Matthew 2:1-2, 11, John 1:12-13, 3:16 (NKJV)
Matthew 2:1-2, 11
1. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?
2.For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
11. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13.who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
16.For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
It’s now officially the start of the Christmas shopping season—Black Friday, Red Saturday, and Cyber Monday included! It’s the time when shoppers busily travel from store to store—or from internet site to internet site—attempting to find the perfect gift for family, friends, and loved ones!
It is also the beginning of Advent season, a time when Christians around the world celebrate the coming of the Christ child, who dwelt among us physically on earth thousands of years ago. The three wise men, upon hearing of Christ’s birth, traveled from a far country and brought Him gifts also. There were no tempting Cyber Monday sales to lure them into buying an item—as a matter of fact, they only came with the most expensive of gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matt. 2:1-2,11). Little did they know that the Christ child did not come to earth to receive a gift, even though He was worthy of every gift He received and even more. He came to bring, and in Himself was, a gift—a gift which would be—and still is—available to all men. In Him, and with Him, one “has the right to become a child of God, to he who believes in His name; who was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13, NKJV). A child of the Living, and the Most High God—what a gift! He came so “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)—not only in the life after the earthly life ends, but here in this life; to be able to not only “get through” every single battle every single day, but to rise above and be victorious every day of our lives! What a wonderful gift!
While we go about our sometimes hectic schedules during this time of the year, I am believing that God wants us to celebrate, but to always remember and to keep Jesus at the forefront of our minds and hearts. He’s “the Gift” (John 4:10) Who “keeps on giving”! Do you know Him? 🙂
God bless you, everyone—see you next post!
Submitted by: Shonda R. Greene, M.Ed, MTS 🙂
–Article Excerpt from Ms. Greene’s Spirituality Page from the online African-American women’s magazine, Black Woman Unleashed (blackwomanunleashed.net).–