The Virgin will conceive and bear a son, and he will be called Emmanuel which means : God-With-Us. Matthew 1:23
Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ gave a gift to the whole world. The whole human race was granted this precious gift : A gift of himself. Born in Bethleham, in Judea, during the days of King Herod. Wise men observed the rising of his star arrived in Jerusalem from the east to pay honor to him and they wanted to receive this precious gift.
These wise men were Gentiles and they presented gifts of gold, incense and myrrh to the newly born king of the Jews Matthew 2:11. They were all over-joyed on seeing the child, baby Jesus with Mary his mother. They knelt down and worshiped him, one who would ultimately make the greatest of all loving sacrifices for us, his people.
Jesus was probably about two years old when Joseph brought Mary and him back to Nazareth form Egypt. Prophets Hosea and Jeremiah fortold the trials and sufferings of God’s people in past time and Jesus must live in exile and in anguish as did his ancestors. Persecutions began with his birth and followed him till his death. His death has given us a new life in him.
Christ Jesus grew up and worked as a carpenter, he spent thirty years in his small village while the world waited for its salvation. His life was totally consecrated to the Father, Jesus was already saving the world. Likewise, we learn that from the very beginning, Mary and Joseph were associated with Jesus sufferings and saving mission and by them, together they presented the most precious and beautiful gift to the world.
What you have is His gift to you, what you do with what you have is your gift to Him.