Friday, January 1, 2016
“And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11(ESV))
Gold, frankincense and myrrh, these were the three mysterious gifts that our wise men brought to the child Jesus when they arrived. Even on the first Christmas, gifts were given so this is not a new concept. It makes one wonder whether or not the wise men wrestled with what to bring the King of Kings or if there was a more simple and profound explanation. Remember that these men had invested themselves in the prophecies of Daniel. They waited for this star to appear which had been prophesied for hundreds of years and would have had a special insight into this new King. The gold is simple; it is the royal metal, precious, durable and even more rare than today. Frankincense was a spice that was mixed with oil to anoint the head of the priests that served in the Temple, signifying that Jesus would be our High Priest. Myrrh was a spice used to mask the smell of death and would be placed in between the wrappings of a dead body; this signified the sacrifice that Jesus would make for us. It is amazing how these simple gifts could possess such importance. Every year at this time, we scramble to find the perfect gift only to do it over and over again because the gift only satisfies for a short time. What if there was a gift that was a once for all kind of gift?
Points to Ponder:
Have you become lost in the cycle of unsatisfactory gifts? Have you lost sight that a gift was given and that can be received that will satisfy eternally, Jesus himself? If you haven’t received this gift are you willing to find out more?
Lord, I want to be satisfied, but I am constantly giving and receiving things that do not last. Jesus, I desire to be satisfied to the deepest parts of my soul. Jesus, I want You this Christmas. I am willing to find out more about You and how You satisfy; please help me to do that. Thank You. In Jesus, Name Amen.