Week 3: They Brought Gifts

The three wise men continue to teach us everything we need to know about Christmas; in the first week we read about how they looked for Jesus when he was born, and the second week we read about them worshipping Him. This week we talk another part of the holiday season; they brought Jesus gifts! Them brining gifts to Jesus is a part of the reason why we give gifts to one another today.

You see, the wise men knew how important Jesus was to the world and that he was a king, so they brought him gifts that reflected that. The Bible says that they brought gold (which is a precious and very valuable metal), frankincense (which is perfume of sorts), and myrrh (which is similar to anointing oil). They could have easily brought Jesus something simple like toys, but they brought intentional gifts that had a lot of meaning. During those times, those gifts were things that one would normally give a king; after all that’s what Jesus was!

Gifts are a tricky part of the holiday season sometimes because they make it easy to compare yourself to other kids, looking at what they got and what you didn’t get. However, in this season, lets remind ourselves to be thankful for the many blessings we do have in our lives: because we may not have everything we want, but if you take a closer look you’ll find that you have everything you need.

Lastly, if you take another look at the story of the wise men, we see that they were the givers of the gifts and they didn’t receive anything back; they didn’t expect to! A lot of times as youth we may just expect to always get gifts but Christmas is even more about giving. Try and see what you can gift to your parents or siblings this year. There are many thoughtful things we can give to our family, even if it’s just a Christmas card with kind words. There is always something to give during this giving season, and the Bible tells us that it is way better to give than it is to receive. Let’s be givers this holiday season!

They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 2:11

You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

Acts 20:35b