Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Three Gifts for a King

Mathew 2:11 “They presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.” 

Many people think these three gifts of the Magi from the east presented to Jesus at His birth were just something incidental and practical. No, they’re fundamentally spiritually and carry deep significance. These were treasures that didn’t occur by happenstance. This was something the wise men had planned. 

Why were these specific gifts highly symbolic? I checked a few references and found that these three were chosen for their special spiritual symbolism about Jesus himself. (1) While gold – “chryson” ( Greek: χρυσον), brings comfort and symbolizes virtue, so this gift of gold speaks of Jesus’ sovereign dominion. Gold representing His kingship; He was born a King. (2) Frankincense – “libanon” (Greek: λιβανον), is an aromatic resin used in incense. Frankincense speaks of His sinless deity—He is God in human flesh. Frankincense is also a symbol of his high priestly role in the intercession of the people as the prayers rise from earth to heaven in the fragrant smoke of the burning incense. (3) Myrrh – the "holy oil" - Myrrha (Greek: Μύρρα), also known as Smyrna (Greek: Σμύρνα) was used as an embalming ointment and as a penitential incense in funerals and cremations until the 15th century. Myrrh a prefiguring of his death and embalming, so myrrh speaks of His sacrificial death—He was born to die that we might live. 

He is a king and they brought Him gold. He is God and they brought Him frankincense. He is a Savior and they brought Him myrrh. Sovereign dominion, sinless deity, sacrificial death. Because He is a King, He has our adoration, dedication and devotion. Because He is God, He has our worship. And because He died for our sins, He has our witness. All that we are, all that we have, all that we do, belongs to this One. That’s what a “wise men” and “wise women” will do when it comes to Jesus Christ, our Savior, our Lord, our King ... the greatest gift of all.

Merry Christmas, Brian

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