Why Were Gifts Presented To Christ?

Notice, they inquired for the child Jesus, who was born KING of the Jews!  Now WHY did they present gifts to Him?  Because it was His birthday?  Not at all, because they came a good while after his birth! Was it to set an example for us, today, to trade gifts back and forth among ourselves? No, notice carefully, they did not exchange gifts among themselves, but "they presented unto HIM gifts." They gave THEIR gifts to CHRIST, not to their friends, relatives  or one-another!

WHY?  Let me quote from the Adam Clarke Commentary, Vol. 5, page 46:  Verse 11.  "(They presented unto him gifts).  The people of the east never approach the presence of kings and great personages, without a present in their hands.  The custom is often noticed in the Old Testament, and still prevails in the east, and in some of the newly discovered South Sea Islands."

There it is!  They were not instituting a NEW Christian custom of exchanging gifts with friends to honor Christ's birthday.  They were following  an OLD and ANCIENT eastern custom of presenting gifts to a KING when they come into his presence.  They were approaching Him, born KING of the Jews, in person. Therefore custom required they present GIFTS--even  as the Queen of Sheba brought gifts to Solomon--even as many people today take a gift along when they visit the White House for an appointment with the President.

No, the custom of TRADING GIFTS back and forth does not stem from this Scriptural incident at all, but rather, as quoted from history above, it is the continuance of an ancient PAGAN custom. Instead of honoring Christ, it invariably retards His work, often sets it back, at the Christmas season every year!

We're IN BABYLON, and Haven't KNOWN IT!

Christmas has become a COMMERCIAL season.  It's sponsored, kept alive, by the heaviest retail advertising campaign of the year.  You see a masqueraded "Santa Claus" in many stores. Ads keep us deluded and deceived about the "beautiful Christmas SPIRIT."  The newspapers, who sell the ads, print flowery editorials exalting and eulogizing the pagan season, and its "spirit."  A gullible people has become so inoculated, many take offense when told the TRUTH! But the "Christmas SPIRIT" is created each year, not to honor Christ, but to SELL MERCHANDISE!  Like all Satan's delusions, it appears as an "angel of LIGHT," and is made to appear GOOD.  BILLIONS OF DOLLARS are spent in this merchandizing spree every year, while the CAUSE OF CHRIST must SUFFER! It's part of the economic system of BABYLON!  

We are God's people!  Yes, we're IN BABYLON, as Bible prophecy foretold, and we don't know it!  Come OUT of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her SINS, and that ye receive not of HER PLAGUES--now soon to fall--is the warning of Rev. 18:4.

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Gifts Of The Magi

There is a beautiful legend about the three Wise Men who followed the star to Bethlehem. It seems that one of them was a young man, and in his youthful idealism he looked for a King. He carried gold, a fitting gift for royalty. Another was middle aged, and to satisfy the deep questions that disturbed his maturing mind, he longed to find God. His gift was frankincense with which to worshop God whom he hoped to find. The third was aged, with many a sin-stained year behind him; he longed to discover a Saviour. Feeling that his Saviour must be a sufferer, he took with him a gift of healing myrrh.

--Gerald M. Ward

The Name of Jesus

"Jesus" is a precious name to all believers because it always reminds us that He is the Saviour. It was the name given to Him by God when He came into this world. It teaches us the purpose of His incarnation. It is His human name reminding us that He who is God also became man. Peter made much of this name in the healing of the crippled beggar, and declared that there is no other name sufficient for our salvation.

I wish for you spiritual understanding and the ability to discern the counterfeit from the genuine

God Bless You!

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