The Bible tells us that Jesus is God’s gift to the world, but what sort of gift is Jesus? Is he a useful gift? Is he a beautiful gift? Is he the gift that gets used once and lies forgotten at the back of the cupboard? Is he the gift that we’re too embarrassed to be seen in public with? Is he the best gift ever? The clue to what sort of gift Jesus is, can be found in the gifts that the three wise men give. Each gift gives us an insight into who Jesus is and how the gift of Jesus changes our lives. Join us this Christmas as we look at the Kingly Gift, the Priestly Gift, the Sacrificial Gift, and the Love Gift.
The wisemen give Jesus the gift of gold to honour him as the King. This sermon unpacks the significance of Jesus as King. The Old Testament is all about the hope that one day God’s promised King would come, and that person is none other than Jesus Christ. Jesus isn’t anything like the king people expected. But what really matters is how we respond to Jesus as King. Do we oppose him, do we dismiss him, or do we worship him?
No one would complain about a pile of gold for a baby gift, but frankincense sounds a little weird! But frankincense isn’t just something valuable that smells good, it gives us a glimpse into who Jesus is and how he changes our lives. This Sunday we’re going to look at how Jesus is our high priest, how he is our perfect sacrifice, and how he intercedes for us. We’re going to find out that because of Jesus we smell pretty sweet!
Myrrh seems like an unusual gift to us, but in the times of Jesus was a significant gift. Not only was it incredibly valuable, and not only did it smell good and make a great beauty lotion and have medicinal value, it also was used to set apart people for God’s service and to prepare the dead for burial. Myrrh symbolized how Jesus was anointed by God to suffer and die for our sins. Join us this Sunday as we reflect on Isaiah 53 and how Jesus sacrificed himself for our sins on the cross.
Over the last three weeks we’ve been looking at the gifts that the wisemen gave to Jesus, but the heart of Christmas is really God’s gift to us, his Son, Jesus. This Christmas Day sermon reflects on 1 John 4:7-12 and God’s amazing gift of love in Jesus Christ. We’re going to see how love comes from God and how Jesus displays the love of God, and how that love changes us. So come and be changed by the love of God.