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As we enter Christmas time, we often see three wise men depicted in the manger scene presenting their gifts to the baby Jesus. While there is not definite proof that there were only three of them, only three kinds of gifts were mentioned. Gifts are important, and the gifts given to Jesus were also important. Jesus was given gold, incense (or frankincense), and myrrh. We don't know for sure what each of these gifts represented, but it is likely that these particular gifts were chosen for a reason.

According to tradition, gold was given to the infant King as a token of His royalty. Frankincense, a fragrant incense used in sacrificial offerings, was meant to represent Jesus' deity. Myrrh, a perfume or ointment, was a token of His future suffering. During the Christmas season, we all think about the gifts we want to buy for friends and family. We try to find that “perfect gift.” It's been said that a gift must meet three criteria for it to be considered “perfect.” Number one, the gift should reflect the one who gives it. Number two, the gift should reflect knowledge of the one who receives it—in other words, knowledge of their needs, desires, tastes, and so forth. And number three, the gift should be of a nature and quality that will hold its value as time goes on.

We know God gave mankind the perfect Gift when He sent His Son Jesus. The Gift of Jesus meets all of the criteria for being a perfect gift. Number one, Jesus reflects the One Who gave Him—God the Father. Number two, God's gift of His Son reflects knowledge of our needs. And number three, the Gift of Jesus is of a nature and quality that will hold its value as times goes on. Jesus' value is eternal! John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV). God gave us the perfect Gift when He gave us Jesus!

In Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Jesus Himself said that anyone who had seen Him had seen the Father (John 14:9). The Father's words were spoken from Jesus' lips. The Father's mercy and compassion were seen in Jesus' actions. The Father's abundant provision was demonstrated through Jesus' generosity. The Father's great power and love were revealed to us through Jesus! Jesus is the perfect Gift, and the perfect reflection of the One Who gave Him.

Jesus has a zero balance. He is the Gift that never expires, goes out of style, or becomes outdated or obsolete! Every generation needs a Redeemer. Every generation needs a Savior to lift them out of sin and into the righteousness of God. Jesus is one Gift that will never lose its value or worth. Jesus is the perfect Gift! Even though we don't deserve and could never earn this Gift, God freely gave Jesus to all who will receive Him. God's love for us in Christ never fades, diminishes, or weakens. God's love for us remains consistent and continually available.

Christmas is the season for giving gifts. And it's no wonder that we give gifts to loved ones at this time, since Christmas is really the celebration of God's Gift to those He loves—His perfect Gift of Jesus to you and me!

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