by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Matthew 2:11, Matthew 5:23, Matthew 8:4

About Christmas-time each year, we think about giving
gifts and sending cards to loved ones and friends. It
has become quite a commercial thing. There is
something very tender and nice about it, I suppose,
but I wonder how many people think about giving a gift
to Christ, not only at Christmas time, but also at
other times.

In Matthew Chapter 2, verse 11, we read, "And when
they were come into the house they saw the young child
with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped
Him, and they presented unto Him gifts---gold,
frankincense and myrrh." They presented unto Him
GIFTS. That is where I get my subject for today--

Gifts To The Lord

The Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of the VERY BEST GIFTS
we can give unto Him. God is worthy! Christ is worthy!
We should be giving gifts to Christ. All through the
Bible we read that true worship includes the giving of
gifts. So many times we think only of God as the Great
Giver, and He is, and we are coming to that in a few
minutes. But, beloved, you and I should offer gifts
UNTO GOD, in worship to Him. People who really love
God want to give gifts unto Him.

In Matthew 5:23, Jesus says, "Therefore, if thou bring
thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy
brother has ought against thee, leave there THY GIFT,
before the altar, and go thy way. First be reconciled
to thy brother, then come and offer thy gift."

Notice that expression, "thy gift." That is a picture
of a worshipper coming to God in divine worship. What
does he have in his hands---nothing? No, he has a
gift, something to give to God. A worshipful approach
toward the Living God.

In Matthew 8:4, we read again about gifts. When Jesus
came down the mountain, "great multitudes followed
Him, and behold, there came a leper and worshipped
Him, saying, Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst ...

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