by Miles Seaborn

They Presented Him Gifts
Dr. Miles Seaborn
Matt. 2:1-13

INTRO. The newspapers and televisions have reminded us that Christmas shopping with all of its hustle and bustle and worry and strain began earlier this year than any time in the history of our country. So much for our understanding of Christmas is wrapped up in giving and in gifts.

Gifts and Christmas means different things to different people. As someone has said, Christmas is giving - but its meaning is different from person to person. To a merchant it might mean the jangle of a cash register that makes or breaks him for the year. To a younger child a visit from Santa Claus; to older children two weeks vacation from school. To a father financial headaches; to a mother hours of baking, decorating, gift-wrapping. But certainly Christmas is giving.

Giving played a large part in that first Christmas long ago.

GOD GAVE HIS SON. The words of John 3:6 rings still true today that Jesus came from His father as a free and unselfish gift with no strings attached.

JESUS GAVE HIMSELF UNSELFISHLY. As gave the Father, so gave the Son voluntarily emptied Himself of His power and prestige to come to earth in human form and walk as a man among men.

MARY GAVE HER PRAISE. When she learned that she was to be the earthly mother of this Christ-child, she poured out her praise to God for having been chosen for this great honor. (Luke 1:46-55)

THE WISE MEN GAVE GIFTS; gold, frankincense and myrrh - given as a symbol of their adoration and loyalty to Christ.

There are certainly things that we can give to God in celebration this year. We can give Him our praise.

We can give Him our gifts.

We can give Him our life.

But what was the background for the insight that Paul had when he spoke and said, ''Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.''

Look at the people that were involved in the preservation of the King.

I. THE STAR IN THE EAST. They followed the star of hope and help. They looked u ...

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