Monday, January 6, 2020
What Would You Give Baby Jesus?
Today is Epiphany. In my church, we recognize this as the day the three wise men reached Bethlehem and worshiped Jesus. Other denominations celebrate the baptism of Jesus on January 6th. In Tarpon Springs, Florida, a town near where I live, the large Greek Orthodox population celebrates Jesus' baptism with a huge festival that is highlighted by a group of teenage boys diving into the water to retrieve a cross. It is believed that the boy who retrieves the cross will enjoy blessings and good luck for the year.
But, back to those wise men. Yesterday, my pastor talked about the wise men's gifts, which are odd for a baby, but probably pretty appropriate for a king. He also talked about what we might give Jesus. I liked his message so much (as I usually do!), I thought I'd base today's post on it.
Like the little drummer boy, we might feel that we have nothing of significance to offer our Savior. Most of us certainly can't afford gold or expensive incense or oils; but Jesus doesn't want that. He wants us. Just as with the little drummer boy, we have God-given gifts and talents that we can give freely. There could be a whole sermon series on this topic but I'll just leave you with a couple of thoughts to ponder... what can you give to Jesus? All he wants is you. To love and serve Him. To love and serve others.