The Priceless Gift

We have just about finished decorating our home, inside and out. Our trees are up in the living room and dining room. The lights are on outside. Our 8’ snowman is inflated. My Charlie Brown tree is on my piano. Each of those things are nice, but don’t let it distract you from the real reason for the season.

In this day and age, it is very easy to get caught up in the value and commercial of Christmas.

The amount of money spent at Christmas tends to be slightly ridiculous. We give gifts that cost mega amounts, the receiver of the gift goes nutso, and by February we forget about half the gifts we got and have moved onto bigger and better things.

We forget about a gift that was given nearly two thousand years ago, one that was priceless.

One of my many favorite Christmas songs is ‘How Many Kings’. I want to focus on the lyrics today and through them, we get a better idea of how priceless that gift was that was given to us.

The song starts out

Follow the star to a place unexpected

Would you believe after all we’ve projected

A child in a manger

For years it was prophesized that one day a Savior would come. Isaiah 7:14 says

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

It was years and years later after Isaiah wrote those words that Jesus would come one day. When it was prophesized, some might have expected Jesus to come soon after, but it was between 700 – 800 years later that Jesus was born.

Isaiah himself died before he could see the prophecy fulfilled. And it was fulfilled, in the form of a baby.

Lowly and small, the weakest of all

Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mothers shawl

Just a child

Is this who we’ve waited for?

Jesus was God’s Son. Therefore, He was perfect but He was still a human baby. He needed warmth, nourishment, and care from His mother. And where was He born? In a stable.

You’ve got to wonder at the reaction of some. Isaiah the Prophet said that a babe would come. But seeing it was a whole different story. Here was the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, or feeding trough for the animals, in a stable.

The Savior of the world, the King of kings, in a stable. One would expect a palace and a warm bed, but that was not God’s plan.

Jesus came into the world humbly, and He would die the same way. Which brings us to the first part of the chorus…

Cause how many kings, stepped down from their thrones?

How many lords have abandoned their homes?

How many greats have become the least for me?

In Bible times, Kings were the ultimate power, they ruled, you obeyed. Never in history did a subject of a king do a wrong so severe that the subject deserved death, and the king stepped in and said I’ll die in the subjects’ place.

Only once did that happen.

How many Gods have poured out their hearts

To romance a world that has torn all apart?

How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Parents who have only one child, are going to do everything possible to care for, nurture, and love that child. They are going to give them tons of privileges. The last thing they are going to do is give up that child to die for a population of sinners. But that is what God did.

Bringing our gifts for the newborn savior

All that we have whether costly or meek

Because we believe

Contrary to every nativity ever made, the wise men did not come to Jesus at His birth. They came later, and it was not just three men, it was many.

Matthew 2:1-2

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying,

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

They brought gifts, three of which represent something…

Gold for his honor and frankincense for his pleasure

And myrrh for the cross he’ll suffer

Do you believe, is this who we’ve waited for?

It’s who we’ve waited for

This was whom they all have been waiting for. The Messiah. Immanuel. Prince of Peace. It was the Lamb of God. The King of kings and Lord of lords.

How many kings, stepped down from their thrones?

How many lords have abandoned their homes?

How many greats have become the least for me?

How many Gods have poured out their hearts

To romance a world that has torn all apart?

How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Only one did that for me

Only one did that for me. All for you. All for Me.

The most expensive gift ever given did not come with bows, ribbons, tinsel, lights, or fanfare. The priceless gift came quietly, His birth announced to lowly shepherds. Born in a humble stable, laid in a feeding trough, worshiped by His parents, shepherds, and others.

No matter what gift you get this season, or what the price tag is, just remember the priceless gift was given two thousand years ago.

That gift never goes out of style, it is free to all and no gift on earth will ever compare to it.

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

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