Read Matthew 2:1-12
“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, and of incense and of myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11
We have all seen the Christmas pageants where little kids are dressed up in their dad’s bathrobes. We have Mary and Joseph and a baby doll lying in a wooden manger surrounded by the shepherds and sheep. The 3 wise men with fake beards come in carrying wrapped gifts that they lay down before the manger while the choir sings Silent Night.
But actually the wise men came much later. By then the little family was living in a house. According to the decree of King Herod to have all baby boys 2 years old or younger killed, we could possibly assume that Jesus was as old as 2 by the time the wise men arrived.
But their arrival was significant in at least 2 ways. First, they were not Jewish yet they came to worship Him. They were astrologers from the East. Had Jesus come for ALL people not just the Jews? “For God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only begotten son.” God had guided them there… their arrival was not by accident.
The second important point is they gave of their treasures. Not a few trinkets but expensive presents. Do we give Jesus our best treasures of time, talents, and tithes or do we just give Him the leftovers…if there are any left overs?
Wise men STILL seek Him…. Do You?
Questions and Activities:
- Make a plan of what “treasures” you can give Jesus on a regular basis (it doesn’t have to be money).
- If God wanted the entire world to know about Jesus shouldn’t you? Make a list of at LEAST 3 people you can introduce to Jesus during the coming New Year.
- Cut out, color, and display today’s ornament.