The First Gift and the First Gift Giver

the Magi come
To bring the Christ Child gifts and to worship Him

Today children see ads for toys and other material glitzy gifts, and as they shop, the world has provided all the shininess it can.  But, long ago in a land far a.w.a.y. there were at least three men, called wise men or Magi, who could only think of giving, not getting! Perhaps, they had either read or learned about a King to be born in the land of Israel from the prophecy of Micah. The scriptures tell us that they made elaborate plans and chose their best gifts for this newborn king.

What they probably never knew was that their wise planning would guide the newborn’s earthly parents to help them escape a wicked king, pay for their daily expenses in a new land, and have plenty for their return to Israel after the king had died. These Magi, crossed the deserts and mountains to give gifts to the Christ child and worship Him. Even long before this, God had planned to give His best in eternity past. He was the first gift giver, and like the Magi of old, He planned how to give His very best. His best was His Beloved Son and the free gift of eternal life.  The Son’s gift of eternal life would come at a cost and yet is given freely to us.

We celebrate Christmas because of God’s planning long ago. He loved, and He gave. But, just as now, gifts must be received before one can take ownership.   As we pause at this time, use it to guide children how to give sacrificially, just as God gave. Let God guide you in this task as you help children understand the beauty of the Christ child’s birth and the marvelous gift God had planned for them.

Coordinator of the Heartprints Blog Page: Gaye-Ellen Austin or SonShine has a passion to train people to be successful Bible students, following the words of Paul to his protégé Timothy: “ entrust to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well.” (2 Tim 2:2). She taught 15 years in public schools and 12 years in a Christian school where she was coordinator of the NILD program for learning disabled students. She has taught Precept upon Precept classes and was a discussion group leader for 10+ yrs. in BSF in Daytona Beach. Fl. and Atlanta, GA. Also, Gaye-Ellen is the writer for the https://www.facebook.com/bible.org/ She also has her own personal blog page: https://sonshinesjournal.com/ David is a full time director for Bible.org as well as his secular job. He and Gaye-Ellen along with their son, Dr. Mark Austin, daughter-in-law, Dr. Blanca Austin and granddaughter Christina (https://christinaaustinlopez.com.) live in the Dallas area. Gaye-Ellen's goal is to present Christ and live Christ glorifying God. One of her favorite verses about the role as parents, teachers, and adults for the next generation comes from Psalm 78:4, "but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord."

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