"Why not a gift certificate?" his brother suggested.
"What a great idea! That saves me a lot of hassle and doesn't even need any gift wrapping," he said.
This was a conversation held by thousands just a few days ago. But now that Christmas has passed, let's do a little reflecting. Did you get a headache during your holiday shopping buying gifts for people who have everything? Let's thank whoever invented the gift certificate.
On the other hand, it was a good thing that Jesus did not receive simply a gift certificate or money only from his gift-givers from the east. The wise men came to worship the baby Jesus:
When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before him and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11 NLT)
What would I have brought for Jesus if I had been one of them? Even more importantly, how do I express my gratitude and my love today? What gift do I bring to Jesus? Will it only be a "gift certificate" — a gift "that saves me a lot of hassle and doesn't even need any gift wrapping" — or will I be like the gift-givers from the east who "fell down before him and worshiped him ... [and] opened their treasure chests"?