Advent Devotional: What Gift Can We Bring to Jesus

It was a beautiful Christmas morning as we gathered around the tree to exchange our gifts.  As is our tradition since she was a small girl, Rebekah began to remove the gifts one by one from under the tree and pass them out.  At the very back of the tree next to the wall remained one very large box. This box had intrigued and frustrated Rebekah every day since it had been placed under the tree.  You see, the gift had no tag to show to whom it belonged, and Andy and I refused to reveal the person who would receive it. We insisted that Rebekah save that box until all the others had been distributed, and then we finally told her that the box was hers.  Of course, it was the first one she wanted to open, but she knew based on past experience that if this was the present deemed to be “the very best one” then she would have to wait and open it after all the other gifts.

After what must have seemed like an eternity to her, only this large yet lightweight box remained.  Rebekah tore into the package and revealed – another box. She opened that box and found another smaller box.  Her questioning looks made the rest of us smile knowingly in anticipation of the revelation. After two more boxes, she finally arrived at an envelope.  She gently opened it, and as she withdrew tickets and held them in her trembling hands, she began to read the note inside. Her eyes filled with tears which brimmed over and ran quietly down her cheeks.  Choking back the emotion, she said, “It’s tickets to see Renee Fleming in Washington. We’re going to see Renee Fleming! She’s my favorite opera singer!” Yes, dear daughter. We know.

The Magi were influential and powerful figures.  They were highly educated men who studied the heavens to find meaning and understanding, and apparently knew the Messianic prophecies well.  When they visit Herod in Jerusalem, they tell him that they have seen the star of the one who has been born king of the Jews, and they have come to worship him.  The star appears again and guides them to Bethlehem to the place where they find Jesus. After they bowed down and worshiped him, they offer their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Scripture doesn’t tell us why these particular gifts were offered. We know that they were appropriate for a King due to their great value, but tradition suggests that they may have been chosen for another reason.  Gold to symbolize the deity of Jesus; frankincense, which was highly fragrant when burned, to symbolize His willingness to become a sacrifice for us; and myrrh, which was a spice used for embalming, to symbolize the suffering of Jesus on the cross.

In this season of gift-giving, what gift can I bring to Baby Jesus?   A song comes to mind that I think answers my question perfectly.

What can I give Him
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring Him a Lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part.
Yet what can I give Him
Give Him my heart.
Yet what can I give Him
Give Him my heart.

You are loved!