November, 2016 Dear Friends, I trust you have prayed and decided on your election choices. Remember what the Bible says in Daniel 4:17, “…know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” I am not trying to […]
An article on Christmas that mentioned some parents, in an attempt to stave off greed and materialism in the hearts of their children, limit the number of Christmas presents each child receives to three. The rational is that if three gifts were enough for Jesus then three should be enough for any child. I remember one year, as a child, when things were really ‘tight financially’ in our family, when my brother Eddie and I received only one gift each.
As you prepare for the coming holiday and the gifts that ‘must’ be purchased for others, consider for a few moments the gifts the baby Jesus received from the ‘wise men’ in Matthew 2:11.
Gold is a gift for a king – remember that Jesus Christ is King. Is He your King this Christmas season? When you are thinking what gift to give others, considered giving yourself afresh to Jesus as your King. (See Romans 12: 1, 2; 6:13; 1 Corinthians 6:20) There is no better present the Lord could receive from you this year than yourself.
Frankincense is a gift for a priest – The function of a priest is to open the way to God for men. That is what Jesus did with His work on the cross and with His resurrection from the dead. We can come “boldly” into the Heavenly Father’s presence now. (See Hebrews 10:11-12, 19; esp. 4:16). The Latin word for priest is pontifex, and means ‘bridge builder”. A priest is a man who builds a bridge between God and man. That is exactly what the Lord Jesus did. He opened the way to God for each of us.
Myrrh is a gift for one who is going to die – Myrrh was used to embalm the bodies of the dead. Years ago I conducted a Christmas Cantata entitled “Born to Die Upon Calvary”. The music and words were a great blessing to all. The baby Jesus came to give His life and then His death for the people of the world (see John 3:16) if we would just accept Him as our Savior. Myrrh speaks of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us. (See Matthew 27:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 5:6; Ephesians 5:2).
Thank the Lord Jesus, that He loved us (Romans 5:8) and that He came and lived as the perfect God/Man, that He might provide salvation (Acts 4:12) for mankind. That is His gift to you this Christmas.
Now, what will you give to Jesus as your gift to Him this year?
While dating my future wife, Marion Jannette, in high school, her parents invited me to a Christmas dinner with the family. At the end of the meal, Mrs. Proehl came into the room with a birthday cake with a candle on it – and everyone sang “Happy Birthday to the Baby Jesus”. I must say that left quite an impression on me.
This Christmas, it is the Lord’s birthday we are remembering. Not all the fanfare, festivity and frivolity. May each of you have a blessed and rejoicing Christmas, thinking of and thanking the One it is all about.
Remember – “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
God’s blessing on you all,
Pastor Frederick W. Carroll
Psalm 3:8 “Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people.”