I am introducing my sweet, sweet friend Cheryl Crawford. Cheryl and I met in a women’s small group a couple years ago and God has brought our hearts together. For almost two years now I have been blessed to call her friend. She has an amazing testimony of God’s love and plan for each of our lives…even when we are not looking for Him.
What Christmas does to my waist, Cheryl has done to my heart. She is a true friend! I know you will enjoy her post! ~ Cindy
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And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11
As I was studying this verse and thinking about the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus I began to think of the gifts that I have been given. I will never forget my first Christmas alone, a runaway with family thousands of miles away. My neighbor invited me to supper and spend Christmas with her family. She gave me a doll she had made, and it has been my most treasured gift anyone has ever given to me because it represents a time when I was so young and so alone and so in need of someone to care. I will never forget the kindness and love this family gave to me.
The wise men who came to see Jesus were teachers and instructors for Persia’s kings. They were men who were skilled in medicine and natural science. They were holy men seeking after truth. They traveled for months to come and worship Jesus and bring Him gifts. I did not understand why you would bring gold, frankincense and myrrh to a young child, but then after reading in Matthew 2:2 “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” I realized the wise men did not bring gifts for a child, they were bringing gifts for a king. Jesus would be more than a king. He would be a Messiah for all mankind, for the lowest of men to the highest of kings.
I see the wise men’s gifts representing who Jesus would become and what He would give to the world. The gift of gold was a gift given to kings. This gift of gold would be for the King of kings. God so loved the world that He gave us the gift of Jesus His only begotten son. It took me a long time to understand the love God has for the world. I didn’t understand the love He had for me and that it didn’t matter what I had done. He was going to love me and everyone in the world good or bad. Jesus was born to be King, but unlike other earthly kings He would rule over men’s hearts from a cross and not a throne.
Frankincense was offered up to God by priests. This gift of frankincense was for the Priest of priests. Jesus is our great high Priest. Hebrews 2:17 says, For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Our sin broke apart our relationship with God. Jesus opened the way to bring us back into relationship with God.
The gift of myrrh to honor the sacrifice of Jesus. In Hebrews 10:10 we read, And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins, so we could live. This is the greatest gift that will ever be given to us.
God’s love came down to us through His son Jesus. His love came to me that Christmas so long ago through the kindness and love my neighbor and her family gave to me. Through knowing them this runaway’s life would completely turn around, and I would come to know and receive Jesus, the greatest gift of all! ~ Cheryl
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Your Turn: Has anyone given you a gift that changed your life? God loved you so much that he gave…gave His only son. ~ Breath on Paper