The excitement as a child during the Christmas holiday is immeasurable. We become fixated with our list for Santa Clause. We think of snow, reindeers, and the abundance of wrapped gifts under the tree . The overwhelming emotions blanketed by anxiety and eagerness, leaving us in a state of melancholy when we begin to unwrap the last present under the tree. We are fearful that the last gift perchance is the perfect Christmas gift that we have endured a year-long waiting for.
The Misconceived Perception
As adults, we tend to become commercialized and materialistic. The innocence of our inner child begins to fade away throughout the years, and we miss the true meaning of this season. We even become competitive in our season of giving while we promote how generous we are through social media. Many will call friends and family to hint what they want from others during the holidays. Others will critique what presents they received. Failing to truly understand that the thought of someone just thinking of you should supersede your expectations.
What Is Your Perfect Gift?
What would you consider the perfect gift? Is it that beautiful shiny diamond necklace your husband gave you on your anniversary? Or is it that beautiful watch your wife gave you on your birthday? Is it a brand new car or house? How about a family member who left you a substantial inheritance? Or can it be a vacation package to Hawaii? There are so many gifts we can receive, but what is the perfect gift?
The Wise Men
Let us take a moment and look at the “Three Wise Men” from the gospel of Matthew; also known as the “Three Kings.” The Bible speaks of a group of scholarly foreigners who traveled to visit Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
When the Wise Men discovered Jesus and Mary, they humbly furnished gifts to the newborn king. Their gifts seem somewhat unusual to give to a baby. However, their gifts reflect the acknowledgment that a king had arrived.
Matthew 2:10-11 – “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Christians consider that they had the following purposes and meaning:
Gold: is affiliated with Kings, and Christians believe that Jesus is the King of Kings.
Frankincense: is occasionally utilized in worship in Churches and represented that people would worship and praise Jesus.
Myrrh: is a fragrance that is placed on dead bodies to make them smell pleasant and represented that Jesus would endure persecution resulting in his death.
The Perfect Gift
The biblical story of the Three Kings represents the Birth of Our Salvation; they represent an acknowledgment of Our King and a second chance to communion with GOD. Another opportunity for redemption from our sinful nature and to rekindle our relationship with HIM.
I’m here to tell you that you have already received the perfect gift. It’s salvation, and all you have to do is proclaim that you believe and claim your inheritance! Have you received your Perfect Gift today!