We have heard the story of Christ’s birth, it is proclaimed more this time of year than any other time of the year. And is part of who we are as believers, so what do we truly understand about the gifts the Wise Men brought baby Jesus. Why did they choose these gifts?
They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)
Gold has been mentioned throughout the Bible over 100 times, when building the tabernacle in which God could dwell among them (Ex 25:8) many of its furnishings were overlaid with gold or pure gold. (Revelation 21:18-21) the heavenly city, New Jerusalem, will be made of gold everywhere. Gold represents Jesus and his true Kingship, His divinity – God in flesh.
Frankincense has been used as incense (Ex. 30:34), perfume (Song of Solomon 3:6-4:14) and even medical treatments. It is used in worship to God and is a symbol of a priestly role, holiness and righteousness. Christ’s willingness to become the Fathers sacrifice for us to be in His Holy presences again was His worship to the Father.
Myrrh is a spice that was used as anesthetic and in embalming (John 19:39), as well as an ingredient in anointing oil. It was also mixed with wine which as referred to as “gall” given to Jesus in (Mark 15:23) on the cross as He gave His life. Myrrh symbolizes bitterness, affliction and suffering. Jesus did suffer for our redemption.
It is so amazing to me that our Heavenly Father’s plan for our salvation and ultimately our connection with Him was done in such detail. From the gift of His son’s birth, to His death on a cross, to His resurrection every detail pointed to His gift of life and relationship for us. How much more should we learn to offer every gift He has given us as a sacrifice of praise to Him. Everything we do is an act of worship that should be pointing to Jesus to Glorify Him.