When the wise men followed the star to find God’s great king, they didn’t come with empty hands. They brought some very costly gifts with them to give to the baby. When the wise men came in the house where Jesus was and worshipped him, they laid these precious gifts at his feet. They gave him gifts because they knew that Jesus was God’s great king and they wanted to show him honor. What do you think the gifts were? The Bible says that the wise men brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold was the most valuable and beautiful metal they had. Frankincense and myrrh came from special trees and were burned to make sweet-smelling incense. They were both used in the temple in Jerusalem. What would you want to give to Jesus?
Dear Jesus, you are worthy of all honor and glory! Help us to honor you–not only with what we give, but in how we live. Amen.
Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 29:10-18; Matthew 26:6-13