December 4 – GIVE JOY – Significance of His birth

Read Matthew 2:11-12

“On coming to the house, they [the magi] saw the child [Jesus] 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.“

What kind of gifts did you want when you were a baby or a young child? Probably not the metal, perfume, and lotion that the wise men gave Jesus. Those gifts were certainly worth a lot, but what in the world would a little boy do with them?

The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what Mary, Joseph, and Jesus did with them. It does seem clear, however, that Mary and Joseph were probably pretty poor. They were about to go on a long trip to Egypt. And they didn’t have much opportunity to get ready to pay for the things they would need like food, clothes, and place to stay. It is very possible that they sold or used the gifts to meet their daily needs as they traveled to keep Jesus safe.  As you follow the example of the magi, you can give joy to someone who needs help.

Give Joy Idea:

Bless a single mother and her child(ren) with a kind of gift or help?

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