Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh - Given Back
“Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
Foreign wise men, magi, came all that way to worship a baby king; but how did they know to do that? Possibly from teachings and prophecies handed down since the Jewish captivity; and most probably from the Jewish captive, Daniel (himself a wise man, and their predecessor). I don’t think they were there to just give homage to a king (they didn’t appear to give homage to King Herod); they were there to worship a God Man.
And what did they bring in their worship? The best of their nation: Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Gold - Timeless, priceless, incorruptible, unchangeable in nature...of great value.
Frankinsense - An incense meant to be burnt, offering up the most unique and wonderful aroma. The Jewish priests would never offer up frankincense in any sacrifice connected with a sin offering; it represented a perfect sacrifice, unblemished...and acceptable to God.
Myrrh - A concoction to dress a body in death; for preparing a corpse for interment. This was a baby born to die.
Were these wise men intentional in the symbolic nature of these gifts? Were these wise men truly wise enough to know that these gifts would be given back again?
This baby, timeless, priceless, incorruptible, unchangeable in nature, ultimately offering Himself to the Father, uniquely wonderful, a perfect sacrifice, unblemished, acceptable to God...
...but prepared and dressed for death.
When your faith is put solely into the risen Christ and Him alone for the forgiveness of your sin, you can know that the gold of His eternal value, and the frankincense of His acceptability to God, has covered your deadness and sin in the “myrrh-ed” body of His death. It is a masterful gospel of substitution.
Dearest friends, family, acquaintances, and readers: Are you righteous and secure, by grace alone, through faith alone, in the gifts of the God Man given back to you?
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
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