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Gifts for Worship (5 of 5)
Christmas as it is celebrated today started during the Victorian era in the 1860’s with family members exchanging gifts with each other. Early gifts were tokens of love and sometimes hand made. Over the years giving gifts has become so much a part of the Christmas celebration that the focus has become the gifts.
One of the challenges we face when buying gifts for people is finding the right gift for the right person. We want to match the gift to person so that the gift is meaningful and useful. Often we give a gift because it is something the person needs or is something they want.
The giving of gifts at Christmas goes back to the wise men who brought gifts to celebrate the birth of a new-born king. The OT predicted that gifts would be brought to honor the King who reigned as God’s ruler on earth.
Isaiah 60:6 Those from Sheba shall bring gold and frankincense. (Sheba was in the Arabia which is now the country of Yemen). Charles Spurgeon wrote, ‘‘Religious offerings shall they bring, for their King is their God.’’
Early Christian tradition gave descriptions of the Magi who brought gifts to Christ. The first is said to have been Melchior, an old man with white hair and a long beard who offered gold.
The second, named Gaspar, was young man without a beard who honored him by offering him incense. The third, named Balthasar, was blackskinned with a heavy beard who gave him myrrh.
The three gifts which the Magi brought were symbolic of the character of the new born king and the ministry he came to do.
- Gold - represented His kingship over us.
- Frankincense - represented His priesthood for us.
- Myrrh - represented His death for our sins.
GOLD - His Eternal Kingship
Matt. 2:2 When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem they asked,
Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east and have come to worship him.
Gold was a fitting ...
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