Gifts for the King of Kings

Three Wise Men Image
Have you ever stopped and thought about the gifts the three wise men brought to Jesus? I have always just thought, 'oh what nice gifts. Must have been important in his day.' Today in church our pastor revealed to us what the gifts really were and once again I am in awe.
The first gift was gold. Gold, much as it is today, was a valuable gift and was the gift people brought to kings. Would any of us bring gold to a newborn? No. These men knew who this baby was, the King of Kings.

The second gift was Frankincense. I really had no idea what this was but figured it was a type of incense. It is a type of sap that as it dries crystalizes and can be used for incense. In Jesus' time this was exclusively for high priests. The wise men recognized that this tiny baby in the manger would be the highest of all priests, the bridge from our world to life everlasting.

The third gift was myrrh. Myrrh is also derived from the sap of a tree and was used for embalming. What an odd gift to give a baby, unless you knew his fate was to die. To die for us. The wise men knew Jesus, the King of Kings, would be nailed to the cross to die for our sins and become the bridge. The way to God.

As the special day of Christ's birth nears and we frantically prepare to give gifts to our little ones, I am so thankful to have been educated about the first gifts and left with a heart of submission.


Blog a Blurb said...

Have really enjoyed looking through your posts this afternoon. Had completely missed the one on Butterscotch. Too clever that one. You really captured her with the quote, "like a 100 presents."

MondaythroughSunday said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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