(Jn. 5:17-18) “But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” In the day of Jesus, calling God “Father,” was a shocking statement, because that placed you in the direct family of God Himself. The concept of God having a Son was also foreign to the teaching of the “one God” doctrine of the Jew. However, it was not foreign to the prophesies of scripture concerning the coming of “Messiah,” or the “prince” that shall come (Dan. 9:25-26). 1) Jesus Called God “My Father .” Only God’s true children can call Him Father. Of course, Jesus was and is the only begotten Son of God in the flesh, (His first born), but today anyone who calls upon Jesus for salvation can now call God Father. (Heb 2:10) “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory...” (Rom. 8:15)”but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” 2) Jesus Revealed To Us “The Father.” (Jn 14:9) Jesus said, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (10) “... but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” God became man, and in doing so revealed to us not only His Deity through his miracles, but also His love through His Son’s Death. Therefore, when we glorify Jesus, we glorify The Father also!
(Matt. 2:11) “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;...” Christmas is all about the giving of gifts ; God gave the world Jesus (Jn.3:16), and here we see the wise men giving gifts as well. I think that in many ways, gifts are the real reason that the world enjoys Christmas time, but to those of us that understand God’s purpose in sending His Son Jesus, we love this season for a different reason. The Biblical account doesn’t say how many wise men came from the east seeking Jesus, but it does tell us that they gave three different types of gifts; 1) Gold . In Jesus’ day gold was given to honor new kings, and to increase their wealth. Gold also represents the very best that God had to give to us but also the very best man should give to God. 2) Frankincense was the incense burned in the temple of Solomon. It represented praise, pra