Nov 19, 2017

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The Christmas Gift

The Christmas Gift

On entering the dwelling, they [the 3 wise men] saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  (Matthew 2: 11)

It was the week before Christmas, and everyone in the house was busy getting Christmas gifts together and placing them under the tree. The Smalls were a poor family, so this year they had chosen names and each person was to receive only one gift from a family member. They had gone to the market and bought the best tree that they could afford. It was only 5 feet tall. That was shorter than anyone in the family except Mary, who was a six-year old. But at least it was a perfect tree; that is, one without a bad side. Some of the boxes were large and some were small; some stout and some were elegant; and some were better wrapped than others. On Christmas morning when the family received their gifts they found that there was one extra gift. But who was it for? Who was it from? No one had any idea. They were not expecting anyone else to be present. When they looked closely they saw it was a gift from Mary, the youngest child. The tiny card read “To Jesus from Mary.” When they opened it there was NOTHING inside the gift box. Mother gently asked Mary why she had given Jesus an empty box. And she answered “it’s full of love and kisses from my heart.” Everyone else stopped opening their gifts and stared at Mary.

Bible Study Discussion Questions:

  1. What had Mary done that the others had not?
  2. Do you think Mary had a good idea? Speculate as to where she may have gotten this idea?
  3. Mary expected Jesus to in some sense “show up” for His birthday gift. How real for you is the idea that Jesus may truly “show up” anytime in your life-time?
  4. Mary was a little child. What does Jesus tell us about how we are to receive Him?
  5. How much value do you think Jesus would find in Mary’s gift to Him?
  6. Amid all of the gift-giving, how much time and thought have you given to the meaning of Jesus’ birth?
  7. If you were asked to give Jesus a gift, what gift would you give Him?

Additional Scripture to Consider:   

 “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6)

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ (Mark 10:15)

Written by Heather Whitehouse, Ontario Chaplain, The King’s Daughters and Sons, . December, 2017

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