Re-presenting Christ

Matthew 2_1-12

Consider the Magi. Their trip was long and difficult. No doubt there were many perils along the way; however, nothing deterred them from reaching their final destination. When they arrived, they presented the child Jesus with their precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Still, the story of the magi is not the focus here.

The greater story is that God has kept his promise to send a Savior for the world. This child Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, is the one through whom the greatest gift would come; the gift of salvation for those who believe. This is what God has done for all who believe. Through faith, we are able to receive this gift.

In our gratitude we could respond as the magi, offering our treasure and our worship. These are certainly gifts we ought to bring. There is however, another gift to consider. We can offer the gift of ourselves as we follow our Lord Jesus doing as he did. Loving God and neighbor, having compassion on the needy, and sharing the good news of God’s grace are gifts much greater than gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Prayer: Thank you, O God, for the gift of your Son. Help me share this gift with others. Amen.

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