Gift giving has been a tradition that stems back to the beginning of time.
It used to be in forms of blessings, then moved to both blessings and material goods.
When material goods take on the form of blessing, then the gifts really come alive. I remember when my wife and I were expecting our first child. We really had nothing. I served as a youth pastor and my wife just left her job to become a full-time mom and we really had nothing – no crib, no dresser, not a single piece of baby furniture in the house. My brother-in-law and his wife were self-employed and they had nothing, but decided to give anyway – unbeknownst to us. It was for them the right thing to do. He shared the story with us sometime around the middle of July. He had to tell us because they were not Christians but felt God blessed them for giving. He felt that way because his business tripled in the early spring from what he had made the entire year before.
He learned how giving can be such a blessing.
Gifts are significant messages from God. We miss them sometimes because gifts usual come with a giver and every giver has some sort of history. That history can mess things up or can create a sense of honour and awe.
I find it amazing that the past few days we are rediscovering prophecies of Jesus coming, hundreds of years before His arrival, and they came true. He could not have fabricated the fulfilment of these on His own. Zechariah mentioned that people would come from afar to bring Him gifts. Gifts befitting a King, a High Priest. He was told that the significance was not just in the gifts, but in the fulfillment of the prophecy. Since God’s Word is true and He has never lied, it is our kind reminder to carefully obey the Word of God in our lives.