And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11
Gift giving has gone on at Christmastime for a long time. In our passage, the wise men bring worthy and timely gifts to Christ and His family. The gold was worthy of a King, the frankincense demonstrated His purity, and the myrrh represented His purpose for coming, to die on the cross. With these gifts, Joseph was able to leave his employment and even leave the country as tyrannical King Herod was killing off all the male babies two years of age and under. The Christ child lived in Egypt for a while before being brought back to Israel as the Old Testament prophesied in Hosea 11:1. With hearts of love, expecting nothing in return, these men gave. The gifts the Wise Men brought were symbolic, meaningful, and beneficial to the Christ child and to His family.
When we give gifts at Christmas time, be sure that you and those in your home are reminded about the significance of gift giving. Every gift that is given is an opportunity to remember the greatest gift – when God sent Christ into this world to bring us the gift of eternal life. As Romans 6:23 instructs: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” With thankful hearts, let’s give to each other all the while remembering the greatest gift .