“They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 NLT
This is the month we celebrate the birth of Christ. This is the main reason we celebrate– period.
Now, I am all for the fun of trees, decorations, the man in the red suit, the jingle, the bells and everything else that comes with the Christmas Season….
But that is just the fun of the season –a fairy tale, make believe. It is not the reason for the season. It’s NOT the reason why we celebrate Christmas. Why do we celebrate Christmas?
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23
This was the long-awaited Savior that was promised throughout the Old Testament; one that one day would be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
Every Christmas we are reminded of God’s love for each and every one of us. That God would manifest himself in the flesh and walk this earth and die for us while we were yet sinners!
Our answer for this life and the life to come was all birthed on this day.
So we sing:
JOY TO THE WORLD
THE LORD HAS COME
LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING
LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM!
My prayer is that you would prepare room for Him today.
Spurgeon wrote in his commentary, “A stir begins as soon as Christ is born. He has not spoken a word; he has not wrought a miracle; he has not proclaimed a single doctrine; but ‘when Jesus was born,’ at the very first, while as yet you hear nothing but infant cries, and can see nothing but infant weakness, still his influence upon the world is manifest. ‘When Jesus was born, there came wise men from the east,’ and so on. There is infinite power even in an infant Savior.”
Yes, we are talking about giving of our earthly treasures for missions around the world this month. Just like the wise men brought their treasures, we bring our Best Gift. But note this, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was our greatest gift.
We will never ever be able to match His sacrifice for us – that is not the point.
But in gratefulness and honor, we sacrifice and give our very best to Him. We give the best of our time, talents and treasure…always, every month of the year!
The wise man followed a star and were determined to find him…. worship him… and to give to him.
David Guzik writes, “We should learn from the wisdom of these wise men.
- They were not satisfied with looking at the star and admiring it; they did something about the star, and set out and followed it.
- They persevered in their search and in following after the star.
- They were not discouraged in the search by clergy and doubtful religious leaders.
- They rejoiced at the star.
- When they arrived at the destination the star led them to, they entered in.
- When they entered in, they worshipped.
- They sensed an urgency to worship Him now and not wait until later.
- When they worshipped, it was to give something – not empty-handed adoration.
Spurgeon comments, “We see a wonderful pattern: Those who look for Jesus will see him: those who truly see him will worship him: those who worship him will consecrate their substance to him.”
LIVING IN THE REALM OF THE UNREASONABLE
Committing our everything to God has always been seen as an unreasonable thing to do but it is always very reasonable to God! Following a star across countries could have been considered to be unreasonable. Giving gifts fit for a king to a baby in a manger could have been considered to be unreasonable.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
What is the unreasonable action you can take today that is your reasonable service?