What Is the Significance of the Three Wise Men and Their Gifts?
A church service might easily be dismissed as merely another location to “get” something in our consumerist society in the United States of America. Moreover, this frame of mind is not surprising, considering that church facilities and worship services are well-known for providing refreshments, free childcare, beautiful music, positive messages, and much more in a climate-controlled, safe, and aesthetically attractive setting. There is nothing wrong with delicious coffee, children’s ministries, music, and everything else; yet, if we are not cautious, we can end up thinking of ourselves as consumers in our spiritual lives, rather than going to God with our offerings of worship and “sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15).
Following the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, many Magi journeyed to visit him, each of whom followed a different star or light in the sky.
They were a special class of priests who had been around for a very long time (Daniel 5).
During Daniel’s time in charge of these Magi, it is extremely plausible that he instructed them about the prophesies concerning the future Messiah (such as inNumbers 24:17andMicah 5:2).
Their education and authority allowed them to function as political consultants and even “king-makers” — which is an odd link to draw given that the Book of Matthew (in which Jesus is presented as the true king in the line of Judah) is the only gospel narrative that cites this incident.
“They rejoic[ed] greatly with great pleasure” when they eventually arrived at the house where the Christ Child was residing, and they “went down on their faces before Jesus and Mary and worshipped him” (an appropriate reaction to being in the presence of the King of Kings).
These were not just any old presents that they happened to have sitting around; each one was meaningful at the time it was given and continues to hold great significance for us now.
What Was the Significance of Each of the Magi’s Gifts?
The church service might easily be dismissed as merely another location to “get” something in our consumerist culture in America. Moreover, this frame of mind is not unexpected, considering that church facilities and worship services are well-known as locations and activities where we may enjoy refreshments, free childcare, beautiful music, great messages, and much more in a climate-controlled, safe, aesthetically attractive atmosphere. There is nothing wrong with delicious coffee, children’s ministries, music, and everything else; yet, if we are not cautious, we can end up thinking of ourselves as consumers in our spiritual lives, rather than going to God with our offering of worship and “sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15).
The Magi journeyed to Bethlehem to see Jesus at some point after the birth of Jesus, following a distinctive star or light in the sky to get there.
Their eminent positions as religious instructors, philosophers, and intellectuals reflected their extensive education in a wide range of areas, which included theology, astronomy, and even astrology, as well as their religious beliefs (which is why they werepaying attentionto the stars in the first place).
For all we know, the shepherds had been looking forward to Jesus’ birth for quite some time.
Although they were traveling from the Far East, these men did not risk their lives to make this journey (especially given their interactions with the evil King Herod) in order to make a political move, teach a seminar, or advise a monarch; rather, these men were traveling from the Far East in order to worship “he who has been born king of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2).
Then they opened their treasure chests and offered three sorts of presents to the young Jesus: gold, frankincense, and myrrh, all of which were valuable.
These were not just any old presents that they happened to have sitting around; each one was meaningful at the time it was given, and each continues to hold significance for us even now.
What Is the Deeper Spiritual Meaning Behind These Gifts?
The ancient church believed that the three sorts of gifts clearly symbolized three fundamental characteristics of Christ’s personality, and therefore they were divided into three categories. In this case, the gold represents Jesus’ monarchy, the frankincense represents his divinity, and the myrrh represents his humanity. As a matter of fact, some have argued that the Magi “preached” the gospel in a concrete sense through the gifts they bestowed upon the infant Jesus. Whether they realized it or not, their presents represented the tale of God himself, who descended from Heaven in the form of our King (gold) to perform his priestly responsibilities (frankincense) and finally die for our sins (frankincense) (myrrh).
At the beginning of Jesus’ life, as well as at the conclusion of his life, when he was hanging on the cross (Mark 15:23) and subsequently being buried in the tomb, this element was given to him here (John 19:39).
And, as a result of his resurrection, we have the opportunity to have eternal life.
First and foremost, we must understand that the central message of the Magi tale, gift-giving, and the remainder of the Christmas (or Advent) holiday is that Jesus Christ came to earth to die in order to provide salvation for sinners — meaning people like you and me — who have fallen away from God (1 Timothy 1:15;Luke 19:10).
- Second, just as the Three Wise Men replied to the heavenly light above them by going to Jesus and worshipping him, the Christmas season calls on all of us to respond to Jesus in one way or another during this season of giving.
- This is due to the fact that Christmas provides us with the gospel, and the gospel demands that we respond to it.
- We must, however, make a decision about what we will worship.
- When we bow our hearts to him and put our precious “gifts” in front of him, we are expressing that he alone can fulfill our hearts, and this is because Jesus is the one true King.
- Whoever goes in search of him will find him every time.” iStock/Getty Images Plus/Gama5 are credited with this image.
- The couple has been married since 2008 and have three children, Brooklyn, Bryson, and Abram.
- After completing his undergraduate studies at North Greenville University in South Carolina, Robert went on to complete his Masters at Liberty University in Virginia.
- He has worked in a number of roles including worship pastor, youth pastor, family pastor, church planter, and presently Pastor of Worship and Discipleship at Cheraw First Baptist Church.
To serve God and His Church, he has set himself a life purpose of reaching the unreached with the gospel, discipling and inspiring others to go even farther in their spiritual journeys, and establishing a culture of multiplication for the glory of God. More information on him may be found here.
Why Did the Wise Men Give Jesus Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh?
This post was written by the BMC Team on December 21, 2017 and was first published on NoWhy392Gold Frankincense and Myrrh by Marilyn Barbone through Adobe Stock. As the scriptures say, “Behold, he offers himself as a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, to those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto no one else can the ends of the law be replied” (Isaiah 53:6).
Shortly after Jesus’ birth, three “wise men from the east” came to see Him and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:1). It is important to note that all of these presents were incredibly costly and expensive, and they were acceptable gifts for the “king of the Jews,” as the wise men referred to Jesus (v.2). Many people, however, have demonstrated that these presents may also serve as a symbolic gesture. gold was considered to signify Christ’s reign since crowns were customarily made of gold in ancient times.
3Moreover, because myrrh was used in the embalming of Jesus, it was believed to be a foreshadowing of Christ’s death.
Christ as King
In the Book of Mormon, the concept of Christ as King comes on a number of occasions. Many people, however, are unaware of this since the Book of Mormon frequently use the term “king” in ways that modern readers equate with other things. The term Christ, for example, comes from the Greek phrase meaning “anointed one,” and it is frequently used to refer to monarchs who were anointed when they were crowned as rulers (see 2 Samuel 2:4). 5 ‘Messiah’ is the Greek term that corresponds to the Hebrew word of the same name, which has the same meanings.
Christ as Priest
In the Book of Mormon, the concept of Christ as King appears frequently. Many people, however, are unaware of this since the Book of Mormon frequently use the term “king” in ways that modern readers identify with something else. In the case of Christ, the name “Christ” is derived from the Greek phrase “anointed one,” and it is frequently used to refer to monarchs, who were anointed when they were crowned (see 2 Samuel 2:4). 5 ‘Messiah’ is the Greek term that corresponds to the Hebrew word of the same name, which has the same meaning.
Christ’s Death and Resurrection
The power of Christ’s death and resurrection is the essence of the Book of Mormon, and it shows that Christ’s death is essential for all humanity: “Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God” (2 Nephi 25:13).
(2 Nephi 25:13). 12 The Book of Mormon powerfully demonstrates that “the redemption of the people” is “brought to pass by the strength, and afflictions, and death of Christ, and his resurrection and ascension into heaven” (Mosiah 18:2). (Mosiah 18:2).
In the Book of Mormon, the power of Christ’s death and resurrection is exemplified, and it demonstrates that Christ’s death is necessary for all humanity: “Behold, they will crucify him; and after he has been laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days, he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God” (2 Nephi 25:13).
12 When it comes to “redeeming the people,” the Book of Mormon is unequivocal in its assertion that “the redemption of the people” is brought about “by the power, and afflictions, and death of Christ, and his resurrection and ascension into heaven” (Mosiah 18:2).
A Conference on Third Nephi is being planned by scholars, according to the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship’s Insights newsletter, which appears in issue 28, number 6, (2008), pages 3–4. Book of Mormon Symposium Series, Volume 9, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr. (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1995), pp. 133–146. Daniel K. Judd, “The Spirit of Christ: A Light Among the Darkness,” in Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction, Book of Mormon Symposium Series, Volume 9, edited by Monte S.
- Tate, Jr.
- Matthews, “Two Ways in the World: The Warfare Between God and Satan,” in The Book of Mormon, Part 1: 1 Nephi to Alma 29, Studies in Scripture: Volume 7, ed.
- Jackson (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1987), 146–161.
- Matthews, “Two Ways in the World: The Warfare Between God and Satan,” in The Book of Mormon, Part 1: 1 Nephi
- “Strata: The Magi’s Gifts—Tribute or Treatment?” asks the first question. Biblical Archaeology Review38, no. 1 (2012): 24
- 2 “The Magi’s Gifts,” 24
- 3 “The Magi’s Gifts,” 24
- 4 “The Magi’s Gifts,” 24
- 4 “The Gifts of the Magi,” See, for example, Roland K. Harrison, “Myrrh,” in The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 4 vols., ed. Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1986), 3:450–451
- 5.Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, ed. Gerhard Friedrich (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1971), 9:510
- 6.See Book of A brief synopsis of the talk may be found in ” Scholars Focus Conference on Third Nephi,” “Insights: Third Nephi,” and ” Scholars Focus Conference on Third Nephi.” The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship28, no. 6 (2008): 3–4
- The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship28, no. 6 (2008): 3–4
- The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001), 628–633
- Eldin Ricks’ Thorough Concordance of the LDS Standard Works (Provo, UT: FARMS, 1995), 546
- 11.For another priestly function Christ performed in the Book of Mormon, see Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Jesus Allude to the Priestly Blessing in Numbers 6?(3 Nephi 19:25),”K Hugh Nibley, An Approach to the Book of Mormon, in The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Volume 6 (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 1988), 162–163
- 16. Hugh Nibley, An Approach to the Book of Mormon, in The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Volume 6 (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 6 vols. (Salt Lake City, UT: Greg Kofford Books, 2007), 2:39
- 17. Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 4 volumes (Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft, 1987–1992), 1:192–193
- See also 18: See, for example, Robert J. Matthews, “Jesus Christ,” in Book of Mormon Reference Companion, ed. Dennis Largey (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2003), 452–453
- And 19 Gary P. Gillum, “Christology,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 4 vols., ed. Daniel H. Ludlow (New York, NY: Macmillan, 1992), 1:272–273
- Gary P. Gillum, “Christology,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 4 vols., ed. Daniel H. Ludlow (New York, NY: Macmillan, 1992), 1:272–273
- Gary P. Gillum, “Christology,” in Encyclopedia of
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Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?
The medicinal properties of frankincense may provide some insight on the gifts of the Magi. Staff of the Biblical Archaeology Society Posted on January 06, 2022114 comments received205730 views Were the gifts of the magi intended to alleviate Jesus’ arthritis-related discomfort? According to academics at Cardiff University in Wales who have been examining the medicinal benefits of frankincense, it is achievable. They say this is based on their findings. Biblical historians and theologians have proposed several interpretations of the meaning and importance of the gold, frankincense, and myrrh that the magi delivered to Jesus, according to Matthew’s Gospel, from the early days of Christianity (2:11).
In fact, these identical three objects were reportedly among the presents that King Seleucus II Callinicus presented to the deity Apollo at the temple of Miletus in 243 B.C.E., according to ancient records.
In addition to their utilitarian significance, the magi’s usual gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh may have held symbolic as well as practical significance.
The magi’s gifts were chosen, scholars believe, because they contained special spiritual symbolism about Jesus himself—gold representing his kingship, frankincense representing his priestly role, and myrrh representing his death and embalming—an interpretation that was popularized by the well-known Christmas carol “We Three Kings.” Another school of thought holds that the gifts of the magiwere a little more practical—perhaps even therapeutic in nature.
In a study conducted at Cardiff University, researchers discovered that frankincense has an active element that can help treat arthritis pain by suppressing the inflammation that causes cartilage tissue to break down and produce arthritis pain.
Is it possible that the magi “from the East” were aware of the healing properties of frankincense when they presented it to the young Jesus?
– “The Magi’s Gifts—Tribute or Treatment?” is a question based on Strata. The Biblical Archaeology Review published an article in January/February 2012 titled This Bible History Daily piece was first published in December 2011 and has since been updated.
Related reading in Bible History Daily:
Medical applications of frankincense may provide light on the magi’s enchanted possessions. Those associated with the Biblical Archaeology Society 205730 views on January 6th, 2022114 comments Is it possible that Jesus’ gifts from the magi were intended to relieve his arthritic pain? Scientists at Cardiff University in Wales have discovered that frankincense may be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Biblical historians and theologians have proposed several interpretations of the meaning and importance of the gold, frankincense, and myrrh that the magi delivered to Jesus, according to Matthew’s Gospel, since the early days of Christian tradition (2:11).
According to ancient inscriptions, these identical three things were reportedly among the offerings made to the deity Apollo at the temple of Miletus by King Seleucus II Callinicus in 243 B.C.E.
It is said in the Book of Isaiah that when the city of Jerusalem is restored, countries and kingdoms will come and “bring gold and frankincense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6).
In addition to their practical significance, the magi’s usual gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh may have had symbolic significance as well.
In addition to the honor and status implied by the value of the magi’s gifts, scholars believe that these three were chosen for their special spiritual symbolism about Jesus himself—gold representing his kingship, frankincense a symbol of his priestly role, and myrrh a prefiguring of his death and embalming—an interpretation that was popularized in the well-known Christmas carol “We Three Kings.” Others have argued that the magi’s gifts were more utilitarian in character, maybe even therapeutic in nature.
It has been established by researchers at Cardiff University that frankincense has an active component that can help reduce arthritis pain by blocking the inflammation that causes cartilage tissue to break down and create pain.
Do you think the magi “from the East” were aware of the medicinal virtues of frankincense when they brought it to young Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem?
– The Magi’s Gifts—Tribute or Treatment? is based on Strata’s theory. Strata: In the January/February 2012 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. It was originally published in December 2011 as part of Bible History Daily.
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Here’s What History Can Tell Us About the Magi
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, but the tale of Christmas does not end there. In many Western Christian traditions, Christmas is celebrated over 12 days, with the feast of the Epiphany falling on January 6, the culmination of the season. Many people think that’s when the “Magi,” or “wise men,” or “three kings,” came to view the newborn infant Jesus for the first time. But were any of these individuals influenced by real-life historical figures? It is difficult to link their depictions to specific individuals, but their descriptions in the Gospel of Matthew, which are only a few sentences long, do correspond to current understandings of the world at the time the Gospel was written, which is thought to have occurred sometime between 70 CE and 85 CE.
Also absent from the record is any indication of the number of males in attendance.
Immediately after Jesus’ birth at the town of Bethlehem in Judea, which was then under the reign of the Roman King Herod, according to Matthew’s Gospel, “certain men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem and inquired, ‘Where is the infant born to be the king of the Jews?'” Our attention was drawn to his star as it rose in the East, and we have come to adore him.” They arrived at Jesus and Mary’s home after following the light of a star, and they brought presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh to them, as described in the Gospel.
Gold was then, as it is now, a symbol of riches and power.
According to Kristin Swenson, an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of the forthcomingA Most Peculiar Book: The Inherent Strangeness of the Bible, myrrh is a “outlier” in the Bible.
Swenson explains that Jesus is served wine with myrrh before his crucifixion because it is a painkiller in Mark 15:23, and this is because myrrh is a natural analgesic.
It is clear from the lavish presents that these Eastern guests are “people of immense money and power,” as Swenson puts it, since they “bring things that are kind of evident based on the things they bring.” “They are referred to as Magi in Greek, which was a title that referred to a category of Persian priests at the time of the Greek invasion.
“Their orientation was considerably more in the direction of what we would today characterize as scientific.” Looking to a star is “very much in keeping with the religious tradition of this place at the time of looking to the heavens, the stars, and the planets for information about the gods’ wishes and doings, and some stars or planets were identified with God.” Looking to a star is “very much in keeping with the religious tradition of this place at the time of looking to the heavens, the stars, and the planets for information about the gods’ wishes and doings” The author of the Gospel of Matthew also points out that the Gospel of Matthew portrays a prophecy from hundreds of years earlier, found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, in which the nations of the world recognize Israel as the light of the world and celebrate this recognition with gifts of gold, frankincense, and other valuable gifts.
TIME magazine’s cover article “Secrets of the Nativity,” published on December 13, 2004, highlighted decades of efforts to make sense of the Magi, as well as the numerous futile searches for tangible proof of the nativity scene: After all, from whence exactly in the Orient (which literally translates as “East”) were they coming from?
- It is possible that the presents they carried–gold, frankincense, and myrrh–were brought by camel trains from Arabia, as described in unrelated Bible accounts from Sheba and Midian, both of which are located on the peninsula.
- The most fortunate of all the guesses turned out to be the one made in the 4th century by the designers of the Church of the Nativity in Palestine, whose golden entrance mosaic showed the Magi clothed as Persians, who were also well-known stargazers at the time.
- The Magi enjoyed a long and fruitful postbiblical existence.
- Their number, which fluctuated from two to twelve in different tales, finally settled on three, most likely as a result of their three gifts.
- This is how a medieval Irish account of the guy described him: “The first is supposed to have been.
- beardless and ruddy-complexioned.
- Researchers have speculated that the combination was either intended to emphasize Christianity’s global ambitions or pointed back to an earlier varied threesome, Noah’s sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, as a point of reference.
Melchior died on January 1st, at the age of 116; St.
Gaspar died on January 11th, at the age of 109.” Many modern Christmas customs depict these three wise men in a way that is influenced by medieval art.
In popular imagination, paintings by painters such as Botticelli, Peter Paul Rubens, and Hieronymus Bosch (as seen above) contributed to solidifying the idea of the Magi as a varied bunch of men.
in 1857, is perhaps the most famous musical depiction of the three men.
And, just as interpretations of the Magi evolved over time in response to events in the world, so too will current events influence how individuals find meaning in the Bible in order to make sense of their own lives.
While doing so, it is critical to remember and acknowledge that we are reimagining for our times texts that, in some cases, defy our expectations, at times confound us with contradictions, and, unless we read them in their ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek originals, rely on translations that are themselves interpreted.” Write to Olivia B.
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Three Wise Men – Bible Story
The biblical account of the Three Wise Men, which is found in the gospel of Matthew, is sometimes referred as as the story of the biblical Magi or the story of the Three Kings. It is told in the Bible of a party of learned foreigners who journeyed to visit Jesus after his birth, bringing with them presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Following Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod, three Wise Men from the east arrived in Jerusalem and inquired, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:11).
- He gathered all of the most prominent clergy and legal academics in one place and questioned them on the location of Christ’s birth.
- ‘Go and conduct a thorough search for the infant,’ he instructed them as they traveled to Bethlehem.
- When they arrived at the home, they watched the boy with his mother Mary, and they bowed their heads in reverence and prayed to him.
- They were subsequently mysteriously warned in a dream not to return to Herod, because he had intended to kill Jesus in order to maintain his control, and they returned to their house via a different path as a result of the warning.
NamesCharacteristics of the Three Wise Men
The Three Wise Men have been mentioned in stories, and they have even been given names in certain cases. This is how they are frequently depicted in popular culture:
- Gaspar (or Caspar) is a character in the game who wears a green cloak and a gold crown with green diamonds. He is known as the “King of Sheba.” Gaspar represents the Frankincense that was given to Jesus, and Melchior, who has long white hair and a white beard and wears a gold mantle, represents the frankincense that was presented to Jesus. He is known as the “King of Arabia.” Melchior represents the gold that was presented to Jesus, while Balthazar, who has a black beard and a purple garment, depicts the silver that was brought to Jesus. He is the King of Tarse and Egypt. When Balthazar is presented before Jesus, he represents the gift of Myrrh that was delivered to Jesus.
Meaning of the Gifts for Jesus
When the Three Wise Men came upon Jesus and Mary, they would have been living in a small dwelling in Bethlehem, because Jesus would have been between the ages of one and two at the time of their discovery. Although their gifts to a baby appeared to be a little out of the ordinary, Christians believe that they served the following reasons and had deeper meaning:
- Historically, gold has been associated with kings, and Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings. Frankincense: is a fragrant oil that is used in liturgical liturgy in traditional churches to symbolise the worship and adoration of Jesus by the faithful. Myrrh: is a fragrance that is imprinted on dead bodies to make them smell good, and it symbolized Jesus’ suffering and death as a consequence of persecution
- It also symbolized the suffering and death of the disciples.
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Why Did the Wise Men Bring Gifts to Jesus?
The biblical narrative of Jesus’ birth tells of three wise men journeying a long way from the east to offer gifts to the infant Christ child at Bethlehem. When giving gifts to a tiny child, what is the motivation behind it? Who did these gentlemen suppose they were paying homage to?
The Bible does not specify the precise number of wise men that came to see Jesus at His birth in a manger, and they were not present at His birth in a manger, as is commonly represented in nativity scenes every December. Now, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea during the reign of Herod the Great, behold, wise men from the East traveled to Jerusalem to pay homage to the newborn king. 11 When they entered the house, they were amazed to see the little Child with Mary, His mother, and they immediately dropped on their knees and worshiped Him.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV).
“Now, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of Herod the Great, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem to worship him.” When they entered the house, they were amazed to see the little Child with Mary, His mother, and they immediately dropped on their knees and worshiped Him.
- There are many others.
- Read some of these eye-opening evaluations of frequently held traditions to have a better understanding of them.
- What prompted these gentlemen to believe it was suitable to make a presentation?
- The answer exposes an often-overlooked fact about the Son of God that is worth considering.
Gifts fit for a king
2. “Where has He gone who was born King of the Jews?” they inquired. It is for this reason that we have come to worship Him after having seen His star in the East.” The New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>Matthew 2:2 informs us that the wise men came in search of a king. The New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”> When they were asked where they could locate the Savior of mankind, they didn’t say anything.
- Because of the Christian tradition’s 2,000-year history, the majority of people now conceive of Jesus only in terms of being the one who “takes away the sin of the world” (29).
- The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
- Of course, He went ahead and did it.
- However, there is another position that Christ will play that is sometimes ignored, but one that is consistently stressed in the Gospels: that of a governing monarch over a kingdom of nations.
- Luke 1:32 New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>The Holy Bible, New King James Version”>Luke 1:32.
- In fact, this was exactly what the followers of Jesus were expecting (21 ).
- Indeed, on top of everything else, today marks the third day since these events occurred.
- Consequently, after they had gathered, they approached Him and asked: “Lord, would You return the kingdom to Israel at this time?” He replied affirmatively.
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Looking for the Messiah …
2 exclaiming, “Where has He gone who has been born King of the Jews?” It is for this reason that we have come to worship Him after having seen His star in the east.” “The Holy Bible, New Ruler James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>Matthew 2:2 informs us that the wise men came in search of a king. The New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”> When they were asked where they could locate the Savior of mankind, they didn’t respond. Following the customary practice of offering presents to royalty or those who are expected to become governing monarchs, they did so in this instance.
- Seeing Jesus approaching him the next day, John exclaimed, “Behold!
- The New Testament makes it quite plain that Christ is the Savior of mankind.
- “He will be renowned, and He will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David,” the angel Gabriel said to Mary when she was informed she would carry a child.
- He is going to be mighty, and he is going to be called the Son of the Highest.
- As Jesus’ own followers predicted (21), this was exactly what happened.
- Apart from all of that, today marks the third day since these events took place.
- In the New King James Version (NKJV), “The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>Acts 1:6), the word “king” refers to the word “kingdom.”
The Son of God
Only a few people today realize that when a first-century Jew heard the term “son of God,” he was more likely to think of worldly rulership and divine appointment than of a position in the heavenly hierarchy. Biblically, the term “son of God” can refer to any exclusive relationship with God (the angels are referred to as “sons of God” in 6). There came a time when the sons of God gathered to show themselves before the Lord, and Satan was there among them. The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV).
- Then you must declare to Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord: Israel is My son, My firstborn.
- David was referred to as God’s son in 7th Samuel.
- The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV).
- Solomon was also a God-begotten son who ascended to David’s throne (12).
- 13 He shall construct a mansion for My honor, and I will establish his throne as the ruler of his realm for all time.
- If he transgresses, I will punish him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, according to the law of Moses.
- 16 And your home and dominion will be established eternally before you, as the Bible says.
Thesesons of Godactually served as God’s agents, reigning on His behalf from His throne.
(23 As a result, Solomon succeeded David as king, and all Israel bowed down to him and worshiped him as king.
Given His miraculous birth, Jesus was the only begotten Son of God, and He had no other father than God as his Father.
“Rabbi, You are the Son of God!
“Rabbi, You are the Son of God!
The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV) “Jesus said in John 1:49: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!
It appears that the phrases were synonymous in his mind. He grew to think that Jesus was the predicted son of David for whom Israel had been waiting; the One who was destined to restore the majesty of David’s (God’s) earthly throne to its former splendor.
Born—King of the Jews
The Jews already had a monarch at the time of Christ’s birth, and his name was Herod. He reigned as a vassal under the authority of the Romans, yet he was recognized as a king nonetheless. What did the three wise men say when they arrived in search of Jesus? “Where is He who was born King of the Jews?” says the prophet. In the days of Herod the king, following Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem of Judea, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” It is for this reason that we have come to worship Him after having seen His star in the East.” The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV).
The Bible says (Matthew 2:11-14).
Herod, completely disregarding any spiritual implications of Christ’s birth, recognized the threat to his own throne and attempted to kill Jesus, but was unsuccessful (12 Then, after being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they left for their own country in a different way).
14 When he arose, he took the small Child and His mother by night and fled to Egypt, 15 where he remained until the death of Herod, in order that the words declared by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I summoned My Son,” could be fulfilled.
He dispatched an army and executed all of the male children who lived in Bethlehem and its surrounding districts who were two years old or younger, in accordance with the time that he had determined from the wise men, according to their estimates.
The question of whether or not Jesus claimed to be a king was frequently raised in His presence.
Afterward, the high priest responded, saying to Him, “I have placed You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are Christ, the Son of God!” Matthew 26:63, New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>Matthew 26:63, New King James Version (NKJV).
“Please tell us whether You are the Christ.” “However, if I tell you, you would not believe me,” He remarked to them.
69 “The Son of Man will sit at the right hand of the power of God in the hereafter.” 70 When they realized what they had done, they all exclaimed, “Are You then the Son of God?” As a result, He told them, “You are correct in your assertion that I am.” 71 And they responded, “Do we require any further testimony?” We know this because we have heard it from His very own mouth.” (Luke 22:67-71) New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>The Holy Bible, New King James Version”>Luke 22:67-71).
- The high priest then informed Pilate that Jesus had claimed to be a king (2 Corinthians 11:1).
- It was he who responded, saying, “It is as you say.” New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>Luke 23:2-3).
- 33 Afterwards, Pilate reentered the Praetorium, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Pilate then exited the Praetorium.
- Do you want me to release the King of the Jews to you as a result of this?” The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>John 18:39;3 (New King James Version).
- And they smacked Him in the face with their hands.
- “Behold your King!” he said to the assembled Jews.
- The Roman soldiers mercilessly nailed Jesus on the cross and the sign above His cross read, “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS” (2 Corinthians 5:21) as a symbol of their rejection of Jesus.
- 19 Pilate then inscribed a title on the cross and nailed it to it.
New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>John 19:2, 19). New King James Version (NKJV) When viewed from a Roman and Jewish viewpoint, the whole context of Jesus’ death revolved around His claim to be a king of Israel rather than a Savior of mankind.
Christ’s Kingdom still to come
Jesus came to offer His life as our Savior so that humanity might be reconciled to God, have their sins forgiven and finally be promised eternal life in the Kingdom of God. His arrival on our planet, however, was as the King of that Kingdom—theKing of Kings and Lord of Lordswho would reign on this planet during the approaching millennium. Christ will reign over the nations from Jerusalem, on the throne of David that has been restored (32 He will be renowned, and he will be known as the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will grant Him the throne of David, which he will sit on.
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were great shouts in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV) “Revelation 11:15 (New International Version).
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