What Does Jesus Smell Like? — Carina Alanson
We have a tendency to become like the individuals with whom we spend the most of our time. The tighter the link, the more we take up on the mannerisms, patterns of speech, eating habits, and even the smell of the person with whom we are associated. Even if I hadn’t been in close proximity to my buddy, I wouldn’t have gotten a whiff of the essential oil she used. However, because I am familiar with her, love her, and hugged her, a small piece of her transferred to me, and her perfume lasted long after we had split ways.
In 2 Corinthians 2:15, Paul says, “Our lives are a fragrance like Christ’s, rising to God from within us” (NLT).
What is the fragrance of Christ?
What exactly does it mean to be a fragrance that resembles Christ? What does Jesus’s body odor smell like? Does He have a perfume that reminds you of the aroma of rain, the beach, or lavender? Perhaps He has a scent that reminds you of cedarwood or cinnamon? Alternatively, how about curry or freshly ground coffee? I’m not sure, but it’s entertaining to speculate! (And I’m looking forward to discovering the answer one day!) The fragrance of Christ is more than just a smell; it is an atmosphere, maybe.
Others traits develop in us as a result of our time spent with Him; they alter us, and they spread to those around us.
Knowing that the people I spend my time with have an impact on who I am motivates me to be even more conscientious about making sure I spend enough time with God each day. Rather than the malodor of discontent, anxiety, judgment, or discouragement permeating the air around me, I want His fragrance to pervade the air around me. And that makes me wonder: with what fragrance am I colouring my surroundings? And in what kinds of contexts (movies, books, locations, attitudes, etc.) do I spend my time, and how does it influence my sense of smell?
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Because I’ve learned that who I spend my time with has an impact on who I am, I’ve been even more conscientious about making sure I spend enough time with God. Rather than the malodor of discontent, anxiety, judgment, or discouragement permeating the air around me, I want His fragrance to permeate the air. And that makes me wonder: with what scent am I colouring my surroundings?
Moreover, in what kinds of surroundings (movies, books, locations, attitudes, etc.) do I spend my time, and how does it influence my sense of smell? To be the fragrance of Christ, what do you believe that means? Let me know what you think in the comments section below. Dear Sir/Madame
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What Does the Aroma of Christ Smell Like?
Is there a scent that reminds you of a childhood memory or of a certain person that you identify with it? A specific face washing bar’s aroma, in particular, has the ability to instantaneously transport me back to my youth. In my mind’s eye, I see the face of my grandma, who constantly used that particular product. I can even picture the pink shag carpet in her bathroom and feel the smoothness of her skin from when I kissed her on the cheek after kissing her. Currently, I’m the one that my family identifies with a certain fragrance.
- People have even informed me that when they get a whiff of a specific fragrance, they know I’ve been in that room recently.
- The point is that our sense of smell is really strong.
- There are a variety of occasions, places, and individuals that we identify with different odors.
- It’s also worth noting that East Africa has a particular fragrance about it.
- However, it simply smells like Africa to me.
- Harambe, an East African town replica located in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, is open to the public.
- The only thing they didn’t get was a whiff of the food.
- And, to be honest, the majority of visitors probably prefer it that way!
- “Everywhere we walk, people are inhaling the lovely smell,” according to the Message translation.
- Through Compassion sponsorship, we are able to alter a child’s life and leave a scent of life in their wake. By establishing ties with our sponsored children through letters addressed to them, we are leaving a scent of life in the air. By paying visits to our sponsored children, we are leaving a scent that is infused with life. Through our encouragement of others to sponsor a kid, we are leaving a scent of life in the air.
The nicest thing is that it is not just our sponsored children who are able to smell the lovely fragrance of Christ! The fragrance pervades the whole household, including the child’s family. As more and more children in the community are sponsored, the fragrance grows stronger and stronger. The same perfume spreads through our own families and communities at home as we practice becoming the loving hand of Christ extended. It is our prayer that as that lovely perfume travels across the world, people would begin to identify the name of Jesus with God’s unconditional LOVE, unlimited COMPASSION, and eternal HOPE.
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What Does Jesus Smell Like?
Do you ever ponder about the scent of Christ’s death and resurrection? What exactly is it, and what does it mean? And, more importantly, what does he smell like, exactly? When I was younger, I received one of those heartbreaking email forwards about a newborn girl who had been born terribly early and was not expected to live. Because of her underdeveloped immune system, her parents were unable to hold or touch her at any point throughout her development. During her time in the incubator, with webs of tangled tubes spilling from her small body, her mother frantically and anxiously begged that Jesus would take care of her daughter in her absence.
- She was with her mother one day at her elder brother’s minor league game when the incident occurred.
- “Oh, that smells like rain,” her mother observed as she gazed up at the sky and casually added.
- “It smells just like him,” she stated.
- * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * For those familiar with our ministry, you may be aware that one of the ways we demonstrate Christ’s love to the women who work in the adult business is via presents – gifts of fun, girlie items like body sprays, lotions, and fragrant candles, for example.
- I’m not looking for anything in return.
- Because they are well worth it.
- always and forever, with no strings attached!
- Perhaps our Lord and Savior smells like the approaching rain.
- What if He smells like the mountains at morning, with the scent of pine trees and moisture lingering in the air?
- Is it possible that He is orange flower and jasmine, lemongrass and lavender, basil and bergamot, among other scents?
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The Fragrance of Jesus
Have you ever noticed how a certain fragrance may instantly conjure up memories of a specific place or a specific person from your past? It has the potential to serve as a poignant reminder of an incident that occurred decades ago. When I was in high school, one of my instructors sported a perfume called Jungle Gardenia. A unique fragrance emanated from it, and it would remain in a room for hours after she had left it. Even now, whenever I get a whiff of it, my thoughts quickly return to her.
She, along with her sisters Martha and Lazarus, was a devout disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, who she met when visiting their hometown.
Afterwards, Mary performed an incredible act: she fetched some extremely expensive and precious oil and poured it out on the soles of Jesus’ feet.
Then John, who was seated at the table with them, made the following observation: “The house was filled with the scent of the oil.” — John 12:3 (New International Version) Mary’s present turned out to be a blessing for everyone in the house that night, who was drawn in by the beautiful smell it emanated.
- “Code Word” means “hidden message.” Fragrance Inhaling a particular fragrance today, allow it to serve as a gentle reminder to you of the significance of leaving behind the fragrance of Jesus wherever you go, “a sweet-smelling aroma.
- Proclamation of the Passion Because we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, we are pleasing to God.— 2 Corinthians 2:15.
- In the name of Jesus, amen.
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Consider a member of your family who was a part of your childhood. What did they have in terms of smell? Isn’t the aroma conjuring up images of wonderful times spent with them in your mind? My father smelt like Old Spice, my grandmother smelled like peppermint and my next-door neighbor smelled like freshly baked cookies all of the time. This day, let us be a pleasant fragrance to the Lord. Please join us on our blog and share your ideas with us. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how to bless people with the fragrance of Jesus!
The Aroma of Christ
The purpose of this lesson is to examine the four elements that are required to produce a life (aroma) that is agreeable to God. 27min According to some, the sense of smell has the greatest capacity to elicit a wide range of emotional responses. Take note of how the fragrance of newly cut grass or bacon cooking may elicit memories of our youth and bring them flooding back. Alternatively, some odors are associated with specific places or events (hospitals, funeral homes, schools) Psychologists believe that the sense of smell has an essential role to play in the development of human sexuality.
As a result, it’s only logical that the Bible makes use of the sense of smell to conjure up particular images and convey certain teachings.
- In Genesis 8:21, after the great flood had cleansed the earth of sin, Noah offered a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God, and the Bible says that the Lord “smelled the soothing aroma, denoting that the violence and sin had been replaced by peace and righteousness
- ” and that the Lord “saw the soothing aroma, denoting that the violence and sin had been replaced by peace and righteousness.” In Philippians 4:18 Paul makes use of this imagery as well, referring to the present delivered to him by the church as “a fragrant fragrance,” again implying that their contribution was similar to a sweet-smelling substance that was pleasant to be around
- Paul uses the same example of scent to illustrate two different things in Ephesians 5:
1. How pleasing the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf was to God.
1 Be imitators of God, as cherished children;2 and walk in love, just as Christ loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God, a fragrant aroma in the presence of the Father. – Ephesians 5:1-2 (NASB). Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were like a sweet fragrance to the Almighty.
2. How pleasing the life of one who imitates Christ is to God.
God saw our lives, deaths, and resurrection as a beautiful fragrance. It is vital to me that we please God, therefore this morning I’d want to share with you some of the components that go into creating the scent of Christ that is so pleasant to our Father in heaven. The apostle Paul outlines four of these components in Ephesians chapters 5 and 6.
Ingredient1 – Purity
In verses 3-14, Paul defines personal purity as the first and most important component in producing the perfume of Christ in our life. Purity refers to the lack of any extraneous substance in a component, as well as its cleanliness. According to Paul, certain things must be eliminated from our lives in order for them to be really pure. Since is right among saints, you must not even mention immorality or impurity or greed;4 nor should filthiness, stupid banter, or coarse jesting be allowed, as these things are not appropriate; rather, you must express gratitude instead.
6 No one should fool you with hollow words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God is brought upon the sons of disobedience.
- Prejudiced sexual behavior, such as lasciviousness (pornography/voyeurism)
- Greed (always wanting more – materialism)
- Swearing, filthy tales, foul language, rude and insulting remarks are all acceptable. The use of lewd language and conduct (e.g., Howard Stern and talk shows that feature sexual freaks, etc.)
It is for this sort of impurity that God punishes people, and don’t be fooled by anybody who tells you differently; God will punish for these crimes, no matter what they do. (verses 7-14) Christians are encouraged in these verses not only to avoid such behavior themselves, but also to not accept it in others and to expose it as wicked to the rest of society. The right to oppose what is immoral and unclean in this world does not end there; Christians have a responsibility to do so as well.
Ingredient2 – Spirituality
Spirituality is the second element required for the production of the aroma of Christ to be effective. 15 For this reason, be cautious how you walk, not as fools but as intelligent people, 16 making the most of your time since the days are evil. 17 Therefore, do not be stupid, but rather discern what the Lord’s will is in this matter. 20 Always giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. 18 And do not get drunk on wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord; — Ephesians 5:15-21 (New International Version) In this passage, Paul contrasts the characteristics of worldly, godless existence with the characteristics of a spiritual lifestyle.
Their greatest joy comes from squandering their lives and time on parties, pleasure, and intoxication, which is their preferred mental state.
He or she has been filled with the spirit and, as a result, possesses insight and understanding of things that come from above rather than simply below.
Instead of desire or competitiveness, as is customary in the world, humility and submission, as is characteristic of the Spirit, characterize the fellowship and connection.
They are unaware that church activity is a part of actual life, whereas the rest of our pastimes on this planet are only fleeting distractions. Football is not played in the afterlife. We’ll have more interesting things to do and we’ll be better people when that day comes.
Ingredient3 – An Ordered Life
22 Wives, submit to your husbands as though they were subordinate to the Lord. Because, as the husband is the head of his wife, Christ is the head of his church, as He is the Savior of the body, so the husband is the head of his church. 24 However, just as the church is subject to Christ in all things, so too should wives be subject to their husbands in all things. – Ephesians 5:22-24 (New International Version) 1 Children, you must obey your parents in the name of the Lord, since this is proper.
Rather of provoking your children to rage, fathers should raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
With good intention, do service as though to the Lord and not to men,8 with the knowledge that whatever good deed each one does will be returned to them from the Lord whether they are slave or free in the world.
– Ephesians 6:1-9 (New International Version) Without leading a disciplined life, it is impossible to generate the perfume of Christ.
- Wives must submit to their husbands under all circumstances. Husbands must be in love with their spouses. Children must respect and follow their parents. In order for parents to guide their children carefully, Employees must be trustworthy as well as productive for their companies. Employers must be fair to their employees in all situations.
It is easy to feel Christ’s presence in our lives when there is order in our lives. Christ needs order in our lives, especially in the ordinary concerns of life, as we deal with our families and our jobs. His presence must be felt in our everyday family and professional lives – not just in church, but wherever we go. Unbelievers do not attend church on Sunday mornings, but they see you in your marriage, the way you treat your family, and the way you conduct yourself at work. An orderly life is a more powerful witness for Christianity than attending church on Sunday mornings.
Ingredient4 – Perseverance
Final element in the production of the scent of Christ’s perseverance: patience. In verses 10-20 of Chapter 6, Paul outlines what it means to be persistent:
Being strong in the Lord – vs. 10
Not changing your mind about where you stand or what you think. Others are confident in your ability to follow through. You radiate trust and confidence, as well as a readiness to do what is right, express what is right, and think what is right. The bible, prayer, and the Holy Spirit cannot assist someone who does not study the Bible, pray to God, or submit to the Holy Spirit – utilize it or lose it!
Being wise in the Lord – vs. 12
In order to successfully complete the battle, or win the war, you must first understand who your adversary is and how he fights. Not having sex until you’re married, not becoming drunk, and not succumbing to all of the world’s temptations are the points of contention. It is not about those things; rather, it is about Satan employing these and other means to pull us away from Jesus Christ and everlasting life in heaven. The “war” is not against drugs; rather, it is against Satan, and in order to combat Satan and his plans, we must remain steadfast in faith, prayer, the gospel, and so on.
It is not about avoiding things; rather, it is about doing things. Christians who want to generate the scent of Christ before God must also have the component of endurance in their life, just as Christ endured tremendous hardships and attacks from Satan.
What kind of scent is your life emitting in the presence of God? Is it the stench of sexual immorality, the words, the ideas, or the practice that makes something unclean? It is true that there is nothing wrong with sex in the correct setting – but is your sexual activity in the proper context?) Has Esau, a man so unspiritual that he surrendered his birthright for a dish of stew, demonstrated what it means to be worldly? Does the world smell to you, maybe because you’ve abandoned your Christian faith in exchange for the few earthly joys the world has to offer, such as worldly music or worldly pastimes, for example?
- A person who is at odds with everyone – including family and friends.
- Perhaps it’s the smell of dread in the air.
- You’re worried about being judged since you haven’t kept committed to Jesus’ teachings.
- There are four components that go into creating the wonderful perfume of Jesus Christ.
- Purity of mind, speech, and conduct
- Placing spirituality first in all decisions
- Maintaining order in home and at work
- Perseverance in the faith, rather than simply avoiding
Through evangelism, teaching, prayer, church attendance, and service, we are countering Satan’s onslaught and gaining ground in the battle. It is not too late to rid oneself of the stink of one’s old sinful life and to begin putting together a fresh concoction of ingredients that will present itself to God smelling sweet and acceptable in Christ Jesus, if one so desires. Please come and immerse in the purifying waters of baptism, washing away your sins or having your conscience cleansed by being restored via prayer, if you choose to take on this new fragrance.
What does Jesus smell like? – Episcopal Cafe
The Upper Left Edge, a local alternative newspaper, just released an issue that featured Jesus. AuthorTricia Gates Brown has edited this work. It includes writings written by a Muslim, a Jew, a Christian, and a variety of other people who have a deep respect for Jesus and who follow him even if they do not belong to a formal church. As an illustration, consider the following passage from a larger poem: Vincent Ferrau’s description of what Jesus smells like He touched everything with a blue-veined caring hand, even the spear that touched Him through a shaft of wood and a head of metal.
- When you turn a chalice upside down, it smells of unrequited love, emotions, sadness, and awefear.
- Like wine and fish and transformation like the unconditional love of the lowest fraction of Creationelevatedrecognizedseen through courageous eyes showered in scented respect, Jesus reeked of these things.
- How would it be if members of other religions had just as much to say about Jesus to the world as Christians did?
- Apparently, scratching one’s head over such concerns may be considered a forerunner to Christ awareness in some areas of the quantum cosmos (a critical mass of which could trigger a messianic age, sort of a pandemic of benevolence).
- So keep scratching and continue reading.
Our objective is to spark dialogues among people of varying political beliefs who, despite their differences, have more in common than they think. You may read the issue online here. (PDF) Nicole Poole’s photograph from The Upper Left Edge was submitted by Ann Fontaine.
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Smelling Like Jesus
After returning from a global leadership conference where we heard stories from nations such as North Korea and Iran, the lines in 2 Corinthians where Paul refers to us as the “smell of Christ” throughout the world have struck me once more. Believers try to offer a pleasant scent of Christ’s love in the world, whether they are in the marketplace, the community, or even in prison, according to the Bible. But praise be to God, who always guides us in a triumphant process in Christ and, through us, disseminates the fragrance of His knowledge over the entire world.
- In the eyes of one, we are the stench of death, while we are the fragrance of life in the eyes of the other.
- (See 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 for further information.) As the fragrance – the perfume – the beautiful scent – of Christ, Paul claims the Corinthians to be the same.
- He is speaking of a “Triumph,” a spectacular parade that the Roman troops put on to commemorate a victory.
- The march might look somewhat like this:
- The march would begin with the state authorities, who would be followed by the trumpeters. Then there would be those who were bringing in the spoils of battle. The conquest would be symbolized through symbols carried by others – such as replicas of fortifications and ships that had been seized or destroyed. Then there was a white bull, which was subsequently slaughtered. It would then be necessary to parade imprisoned princes, leaders, and generals throughout the city. They were shackled together and on their way to prison – or, in the majority of cases, death
- Officers would arrive next, followed by priests who would arrive with censors loaded with burning incense. The triumphant general would be the next to arrive in his magnificent chariot
- “We have prevailed,” the troops sang as they marched down the street at the conclusion of the procession.
Paul draws the conclusion that we are thearoma of Christ based on this example. It is the risen Lord Jesus Christ who is the victor, and we march forth into the world as part of his “Triumph procession,” singing the lines of the song “Thine be the glory, raised victorious son.” The victory is inexhaustible. “Thou hast triumphed over death.” As his troops, we are being taken around the globe in a triumphal parade because our Lord has triumphed over death and we are celebrating with him. The scent is described as the “fragrance of triumph,” yet the chapter also refers to it as the “fragrance of death.” What exactly does this mean?
- To a returning soldier or a citizen of Rome, the fragrance of incense from the censors would be a sure sign that you had won the battle.
- We are the aroma of Christ to the rest of the world.
- Have you ever entered a room after someone who was wearing a strong scent has left it for 2-3 hours?
- It leaves a lasting impression — even after the individual has passed away.
- In the eyes of some, we are the “fragrance of death” because our Christ-like behavior makes them feel judged, regardless of whether or not we speak.
- And they’ll do it all without our having to say anything.
- The presence of Christ in us bears with it both the power of triumph and the penalty of death.
- While it is healing, salt hurts.
- According to some, we shall be the perfume of death!
- It is the perfume of Christlike behavior and expressed love in these situations that is distinctive, and frequently counter-cultural.
The prayer “Lord Jesus, direct my words and actions today so that something about my life leaves the fragrance of Christ” is what I breathe in as I approach these settings. “Please make me smell like Jesus today,” I beg you. What does the fragrance of Christ appear to be in appearance?
- Doing something anonymously in service to others – like sweeping the leaves of your neighbor or cleaning their car while they aren’t home – may be really fulfilling. Practicing “random acts of kindness” toward waiters and waitresses, flight attendants, desk clerks, and workers at service stations
- Guide coworkers or peers through ethical and moral judgments even when there is no scriptural justification for the decision.
Being the fragrance of Christ in the world entails actions for others that leave the aroma of Christ’s love lingering for others to contemplate, as well as actions toward oneself.
What Did Jesus Smell Like – Book Three Frankincense
What Did Jesus Smell Like? is the third book in “Essential Oils of Biblical Times,” which is also known as “What Did Jesus Smell Like?” Book One was centered around an oil called spikenard, which has an earthy, chocolatey scent and is thought to be the oil that the woman poured on Jesus’ feet after breaking the alabaster jar in Chapter 14 of the Book of Mark, among a number of other biblical allusions. To read Book One, click here. The second book was all about myrrh, which you would recall from the Gift of the Magi.
- To read Book Two, click here.
- It’s not fiction; it’s not blasphemy to quote the Bible.
- Frankincense is known as the “King of Oils” because of it’s many, many uses.
- As author Randi Minetor says in Essential Oils of the Bible, “there’s no essential oil that’s more versatile.” BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING “After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped him.
- But that wasn’t the first time it’s mentioned in the Bible.
- Moses and Aaron also burned incense over the Isrealites, a blend containing galbanum, myrrh, onycha and frankincense to stop the plague.
- This word is referred to 21 times in the Old Testament.
Between these direct references and indirect references, frankincense is mentioned 81 times.
SELECTED BIBLICAL REFERENCE SOld Testament Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer.
– Exodus 30:34-35 When anyone brings a grain offering to the Lord, their offering is to be of the finest flour.
They must not put olive oil or incense on it, because it is a sin offering.
– 1 Chronicles 9:29 Who is this coming up from the wildernesslike a column of smoke,perfumed with myrrh and incensemade from all the spices of the merchant?
– Song of Solomon 4:6 You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,nor honored me with your sacrifices.
– Isaiah 43:23 Herds of camels will cover your land,young camels of Midian and Ephah.
– Isaiah 60:6 What do I care about incense from Shebaor sweet calamus from a distant land?
– Jeremiah 6:20 The New Testament is a collection of writings that were written during the years of ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped him.
- – Matthew 2:11…cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.
- Mary and Joseph would have known that this oil was good to help their son grow big and strong.
- Along that line, the first reference to a doctor in the Bible is at the end of Genesis (50:2) when Joseph had the Egyptian doctors embalm his father using cedarwood, frankincense and myrrh along with other oils.
- Wandering tribes in northern Africa and Arabia burned both frankincense and myrrh wood for both cooking and warm, which released the healing oils within the wood to help boost their healing and immune systems.
- This action is mentioned in Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers.
- The scientific name Boswellia carteri comes from the Scottish botanist Dr.
Frankincense contains 82 percent monoterpenes that can reprogram faulty cellular DNA and “maintain normal cell regeneration.” (HOOTB, pg.
These two applications are very important in recovery from certain medical conditions.
Frankincense can change that by teaching the cells to turn into normal cells and die.
RECOMMENDED APPLICATIONS You can use frankincense topically, aromatically as well as internally.
It’s very good for skin care, bloating or swelling and for anxiety and stress relief.
According toEssential Oils Ancient Medicine by Dr.
Using it on your gums can help reduce the gingivitis index, the plaque index and gum probing pocket depth.
Alternatively, rub 2-3 drops on your chest.
To boot the immune system, diffuse it, take a drop under the tongue or rub it on your temples, wrists and the soles of her feet.
Replace the lid and shake well.
Works especially well right before bed.
Blisters – trim off the dead skin once the blister has popped.
126) According to Essential Oils of the Bible, pg.
Bergamot and clary sage lift the spirits and frankincense helps soothes the nerves.
OTHER ESSENTIAL OIL NOTE SOils are mentioned over 1,000 times in the Bible and 70 percent of the books of the Bible contain some sort of reference to essential oils or the plants they come from, according to Stewart (pg xviii) (pg xviii).
Mary and Joseph kept Baby Jesus healthy by using the gifts from the Magi, which were frankincense, myrrh and possibly “golden” turmeric which has amazing health benefits.
We should thank Him in prayer as we use any oils because they are a gift to us from Him.
SOURCES Essential Oils Ancient Medicine, by Dr.
Pg 147-148 Essential Oils of the Bible, Connecting God’s Word to Natural Healing, by Randi Minetor, Althea Press, 2016, pgs.
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These assertions have not been reviewed by the FDA and are for informative purposes only.
Do you smell like Jesus?
In order for Ryan to begin his freshman year at Baylor University, we had just dropped him off there for the first time. I thought I was doing okay with the transition until I went upstairs to get his bedding to put in the washing machine. I took the pillowcase off and immediately recognized the scent of my kid. I yearned for him. The same thing happened another time while I was at the grocery store and a woman passed me in White Shoulders perfume. It was necessary for me to wipe tears from my eyes while I stood in the frozen foods section.
For a brief while, the fragrance brought her back to reality.
The sense of smell is tightly associated with the area of our brain that is responsible for memory storage.
All people—Two aromas
Race, age, culture, money, education, politics, and other characteristics of other individuals are all natural categories for humans to fall into. Persons are solely divided by God into two categories: those who are saving themselves and those who are perishing in their sins. According to the Apostle Paul, individuals who are being saved have the aroma of God’s Son on their breath. There are essentially only two categories of individuals in the world. In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul distinguishes between these two separate types.
“Thanks be to God, who in Christ continually leads us in triumphal procession and, through us, spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him throughout the world,” Paul said in his letter.
According to God, every individual either smells like his Son or does not.
All that really matters are the disparities between the two groups.
The Christian parade
When you professed your trust in Christ as your Lord and Savior, you were asked to participate in a procession. When we approach the gates of heaven, there is a “triumphal procession” that brings us to a close. The parade, on the other hand, is quite valuable. Our earthly lives are the period of time during which we spend time walking with Christ.
In the words of the Bible, the travel provides an opportunity to “spread [the fragrance of] the knowledge of God across the entire world.” That is the ultimate goal of our existence. Wherever you go, others, both saved and unsaved, will detect the “aroma” of Christ emanating from your person.
A welcome aroma
There are hundreds of different types of aromas in the globe. When I was younger, I used to say that if they could bottle the scent of a Barnes & Noble bookshop, I would purchase it. The smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly published books, two of my favorite things on this earth, come together to create a lovely fragrance. To me, it has the scent of contentment about it. Your life, when joined with Christ’s presence, emits a lovely perfume across the globe. The majority of the time, our witness is the accidental effect we can leave on those we come into contact with.
A scent that lingers
My friend has a particular fragrance that he wears all the time. When I meet him, he normally greets me with a hug and nearly always leaves a lingering scent of perfume in the air. We’ve all gotten into an elevator and realized that someone had just returned to the workplace with food in their handbag. Summer is a great time to go outside and see that a neighbor has a freshly mowed lawn or is grilling something delicious to share with family and friends. All of those odors are indicators of the presence of a certain type of activity.
Others will pick up on what the Bible refers to as the lingering scent of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Walk in the triumphal procession
Do you ever wonder what the scent of eternity would be like? Perhaps it has scents that are not found anywhere else on the planet. Every individual you come into contact with this week is either a participant in the triumphant march to heaven or is not a participant in the procession. What would happen if, as Christians, we regarded everyone else in that light? How would it impact the way we perceive and interact with others? May the perfume of Jesus’ presence stay in all of our hearts for a long time to come.
Some people will find it enjoyable, while others may not.
You have a distinct odor that reminds me of Jesus.
Heaven scent — biblical smells
CHRISTIANITY can be a faith that is experienced via the sense of smell. Low Church Protestantism may have a bland scent, but the more a worshipper gets to the Catholic end of the spectrum, the more his or her nose is assaulted and pleased by the aromas. When it comes to the biblical story, smell plays a significant role, from the scents of burnt sacrifices in the Old Testament all the way up to the expensive perfume used to anoint Christ just before the Passion. More than 200 allusions to perfume, scent, and fragrance may be found in the Bible, spanning from Genesis 2 to Revelation 18.
The site of the resurrection must have had a distinct fragrance of embalming chemicals mingled with the odors of garden plants in the early morning hours of the morning.
As a consequence of his research, the Royal Society of Chemistry has issued a book entitled Perfumes in the Bible, which contains the results of his findings (pubs.rsc.org).
Sell’s research is comprehensive, and in addition to chemistry, he looks at geographical origins, botany, sensory science, medicine, and the arts as well as other topics.
Bottles, it turns out, have been around since around 500 BC, and the prophet Isaiah cites the possession of perfume bottles as one of the trappings of luxury, alongside bracelets, charms, and nose-rings, among other things.
The magi’s gifts of frankincense and myrrh are vital to the birth tale since they are two of the most important.
Beginning with the description of a river that flows from the Garden of Eden, the tale is set in motion.
For many years — until science discovered a means to analyze the chemical composition of odors — the technique of perfumery was a closely guarded trade secret.
They gave him a cock-and-bull fable about how they combed labdanum from the beards of goats when Herodotus inquired of the perfumers of Arabia about where they obtained the ingredient for their perfumes.
Not by secret, but rather by the prospect of punishment: individuals who attempted to replicate sacred tabernacle scents for their personal use would be expelled from the country.
The sacred incense was to be made up of equal parts of styrax, onycha, galbanum, and frankincense, all pounded into a fine powder and burned in the temple.
According to the book of Numbers, strict orders were provided that only the priests were to use the unique holy incense, and when 250 men defied the order, they were killed by divine fire.
The biblical author Jeremiah claims that Frankincense was introduced from Sheba, and that it is currently cultivated near the Horn of Africa and the southernmost part of the Arabian peninsula.
Cinnamon is sourced from Sri Lanka, while cassia and agarwood are sourced from the People’s Republic of China.
When the bark of a tree is injured, nature responds by creating a chemical that protects the tree against bacterial and fungal assault, as it does with many other species of trees.
As with frankincense, myrrh is derived from theBurseraceaetree, which grows in the same parts of the world as frankincense.
Nard, often known as spikenard, is a plant that originates far further away.
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The high price of the perfume can be linked to two factors: its scarcity and the distance it had to travel.
What a waste, the disciples said, adding that the perfume could have been auctioned and the proceeds sent to the needy instead.
When the magi brought their gifts to the baby Jesus, they were doing so with a prophetic intent in mind, foretelling Christ’s reign, priesthood, and death on the cross.
The apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthians, compares spreading the good news of Jesus to spreading the pleasant perfume of Christ.
Poetry, on the other hand, is the most abundant source of allusions.
While the king was seated at his supper, the aroma of my perfume filled the air.
Another passage from the Bible that uses the language of fragrance is Psalm 45 (which says, “All your clothes are fragrant with myrhh and aloe and cassia”).
The sense of smell is one of the most ancient senses in the history of animal life.
Aroma has a tremendous influence on the emotions, and the Bible writers were well aware of this.
Modern researchers have investigated the chemistry of the vapours produced by the burning of incense and discovered the chemical incensole acetate, which is believed to promote a sense of calm in those who breathe it in.
However, the actual formula forRosa Mystica, which is prepared by the monks at Alton Abbey, remains a well guarded secret.
When St Paul compared the varying responses to the gospel to the many smells that people experience, he was “touching on a deep reality about human individuality,” as Dr Sell points out.
Doctor Sell argues that the more he studies the mechanics of scent perception, the more certain he is that “we are fearfully and wonderfully formed.” “We are terribly and wonderfully constituted,” he writes.