The gifts they brought

Over in Matthew 2:11 “…and when they (the wise men) had opened their treasures,  they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
Three gifts were given to young Jesus. No doubt as that the family had to flee Israel early the next day (as they had been  instructed to do by the angel) these gifts came in very handy down in Egypt. Joseph was a carpenter by trade so his family was generally pretty poor. Most likely the gifts  were used to live on down in Egypt.
The gifts however were not just birthday gifts, “here I got you this”. These gifts carried the weight of great meaning.
The gold stood for Jesus’ Kingship. It was not brass which looks very similar and is a cheap substitute.  No, this was 100 percent gold and showed how His Kingdom is 100 percent real and lasting.
The frankincense was a spice used in religious ceremony. This points to the role Jesus fulfills as our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14). He is the only One as ble to go to God the Father on our behalf to get forgiveness of our sins.
The myrrh was also a spice but not exactly one you would expect to receive for a young child. This spice was used to embalm a dead body. The body would be wrapped in cloth with each layer of cloth covered in myrrh to mask the stench of the decaying body. So this spice spoke of the eventual sacrifice Jesus would make, some 30 years down the road, to pay for our sins on the cross of Calvary.
The gifts showed that Jesus is King, High Priest,  and Redeemer.  Is Jesus your King, High Priest,  and Redeemer?


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