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The Giving Spirit


Matthew 2

As I braved the mall the week before Christmas, I began to question why gifts are even necessary. Holiday shopping can make anyone crazy, and as I felt myself getting frustrated with crowds and traffic, I knew I was losing the giving spirit. To help my quickly changing attitude, I began thinking about why we give gifts during Christmas at all, and I was led back to the initial inspiration—the three gifts given to Jesus by the Magi. 

We all know the story of the Magi, or the three wise men, who gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. What is often overlooked is the meaning behind these gifts. The gifts represented who Jesus is and what He would be for our world. Gold, an item fit for royalty, represents His place as our King. Frankincense, an incense that people believed carried their prayers to heaven, represents His place as our connection to God. Myrrh, considered to be a wound healer, represents His place as our Savior. These gifts, which seem strange and misplaced in today’s society, are a beautiful foretelling of the life of our King and Savior.

Throughout the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, remember the most important gift that was ever given - Christ’s life for our sins. This isn’t just a time to be with family and friends, open gifts, and sing carols. It’s a time to remember the birth of our King and to celebrate the best gift our world has ever and will ever receive.

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