When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem. Matthew 2: 11 (KJV) proclaims: “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; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”
Based on scripture many of us enjoy the giving of gifts to others as exemplified by the wise men to Jesus. And as stated above by Matthew, by the time the wise men found Jesus and presented these gifts to Him, Jesus was a young child (not an infant). Also, the gifts brought to Jesus were profound and not the kind of gifts we would give to our loved ones or to a child. However, we must remember that Jesus’ birth was prophesied and written in scriptures long ago that He would come to save the world from sin. Jesus was born to die! In Romans 6:23 (KJV) it reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. He gave His life that we may have everlasting life. So for those of us who receive the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord, I look at it this way. Our life has a beginning – but no ending! On the other hand, I see eternal life as no beginning and no ending. That’s God!
In sharing our journey with leukemia, in Chapter 3 of my book Profundities of Love, I share with my readers about my husband, Charles’ bone marrow transplant. Leading up to Christmas morning, I mentioned that on December 20, 1996 the day following the transplant, Charles was released from the hospital to go back to the apartment.
Each day following, Charles would walk over to the hospital or I would drive him to have labs drawn to monitor his blood counts. If something was out of the normal range, Charles was given the applicable blood product.
During our time at the University of Minnesota, I had started to donate plasma. I had asked the lab technician to place my name on the bags so if Charles ever needed plasma, I would like for him to receive mine.
On December 25, because it was Christmas morning, I insisted on going with Charles to the lab. The lab results indicated that he needed plasma. The lab technician brought up two bags of plasma to infuse into Charles. The name on the bags was labeled “Gloria Dixon – donor,” along with the date. Plasma contains proteins, which help the blood to clot and it also includes antibodies which help fight infection. Charles’ body had undergone high doses of chemotherapy and total body radiation so it was no wonder that he needed something to help boost his immune system. On that Christmas morning Charles was able to receive my plasma.
That was incredible!
Talk about a wonderful Christmas gift to my husband! Indeed we hugged, kissed, and praised God for that moment. After all those weeks of donating plasma, to know that Charles needed plasma on Christmas morning, to me that was truly a profundity, especially since he never needed plasma again during that time after the transplant and up to his death. He had several blood transfusions over the years after 1996, but he never had to receive donated plasma again. And he lived until January 2014. You know what Charles eventually said to me?
“Gloria, your plasma must really have been anointed.” He remembered that Christmas morning throughout the rest of his journey with leukemia.
Often I revisit the story of the wise men and the birth of Jesus to remind myself of the greatest gift of all! Jesus!
However, the gift of plasma to my husband on that Christmas morning in 1996 does not compare to the gift that he now has of everlasting life in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Something to think about:
This Christmas of 2018 may you accept the gift of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. And as you celebrate the Christmas Season, consider giving something that adds joy and/or something that may even extend spiritual or physical life to others.
Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas Season!