The Three Gifts of the Wise Men
- Matthew 2:1-2, Matthew 2:1-2, Matthew 2:1-2 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of Herod the Great, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ″Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?″ (Matthew 2:15) It is for this reason that we have come to worship Him after having seen His star in the East.″ (NKJV) Matthew 2:11 (KJV) Upon entering the house, they were amazed to see the small Child with Mary, His mother, and they immediately dropped on their knees and worshiped Him.
- They gave presents to Him after they had unwrapped their riches, which included gold, frankincense, and myrh.″ (NKJV) Everyone is acquainted with the story of the Three Wise Men, who went from the East to bring gifts to Jesus on the Feast of the Three Kings.
- According to the Bible, it is not certain from what region of the East the Three Wise Men set out on their journey, but it is most likely that they came from Persia, which is now known as Iran.
For the record, it’s amusing that folks from that portion of the world were familiar with scripture at the time of Christ’s ascension.They came to the realization that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah and went such a long distance solely to worship Him.Men from the same region of the world today are persecuting individuals who follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior!) The actual number of Wise Men is unknown, but because the Bible mentions three presents being brought, it is presumed that there were three Wise Men, each bringing a unique gift, present at the birth of Jesus Christ.Another uncertain detail is the exact hour that the Three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem.Christmas cards and book images have traditionally depicted Jesus as still laying in a manger when the Three Wise Men arrived to see Him.
However, Jesus might have been anywhere from a few days to two years old.No matter how old he was, Jesus was instantly identified by these men as the one the entire world had been waiting for to come to earth.He was the answer to all of mankind’s problems, as though sent directly from Heaven.These gentlemen were, without a doubt, extremely intelligent.As a result, in their wisdom, they gave Jesus presents in the number three, which was a highly significant number at the time.
Among those who study Biblical ″mathematics,″ the number three represents divine wholeness, completion, and perfection.The number three is referred to as the ″Divine Number.″ The three divine components of the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, were symbolized by Jesus during his earthly ministry.In addition, the number three is significant in scripture in a variety of ways:
- Three times, a voice from heaven spoke to Jesus, telling him that he is 1. The Way, 2. The Truth, and 3. The Life. 3. The Resurrection (John 14:6)
- During his time on our planet, Jesus resurrected three people from the grave. In the Gospel of John, Jesus was crucified in the third hour, and while He hung on the cross, there were three hours of darkness
- Jesus resurrected on the third day, and the number three represents the resurrection. (The widow’s son, Jairus’ daughter, and Lazarus.) For as Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the huge fish, so the Son of Man will spend three days and three nights in the center of the earth, according to the Bible (Matthew 12:40). ″. Destroy this temple, and in three days I will build it up,″ says Jesus in John 2:19
- Vallowe’s Biblical Mathematics is adapted from his book of the same name.
- The Gifts are as follows: The first present is a piece of gold.
Have you ever pondered why Jesus was born in a barn or cave instead of a palace?A baby born to a poor, nameless couple was not the gift of gold in ancient times, but rather the gift of gold to a monarch.However, it is at this point that we must acknowledge the Wise Men’s superior grasp of the Scriptures.It seems unlikely that these individuals were Jewish sages from the Temple in Jerusalem, or that they were Biblical intellectuals from other sections of Judah.These guys came from a long distance away, from a region where false gods and idols were worshipped.
Nonetheless, they emerge on the scene from afar, fully aware of Jesus’ divine nature, and then, just as silently as they arrived, they withdraw from the scene and disappear into obscurity, except for the record of scripture.Gold.Gold serves as a yardstick by which everything else is measured in comparison.This item is precious in our day, just as it was in Jesus’ day, but it was regarded as the most valuable asset a person could own at the time of Jesus’ death.We don’t know how much gold was provided by the Wise Men, but any quantity would have been greatly appreciated by Joseph and Mary, who would have used it to aid with expenditures in the days to follow.
What is the spiritual importance of gold, and how does it manifest itself?Gold is considered to be the metal of Heaven.In the Book of Revelation, it is referenced 22 times in all.
The streets of New Jerusalem are composed of gold that is so thin that it is almost transparent to the eye.(Revelation 21:21) The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, had a dream that was interpreted by the prophet Daniel, which is recorded in the Old Testament.It was revealed in the dream that Nebuchadnezzar appeared as the golden head of a large image, which represented the Gentiles’ dominance over the earth.Gold represented sovereignty and authority, and the head of gold served as an indicator that the Babylonian ruler’s realm was the biggest and most powerful of all other kingdoms.(Daniel 2:38) The Bible says: As a result, when gold was offered to Jesus, who was still a baby and probably by then a young boy, it was a powerful symbol.A mission brought him from Heaven to Earth, and once the assignment was completed, he was promised the establishment of a New Jerusalem with streets made of translucent gold.
- (Revelation 21:21) Gold was the benchmark against which all other things were measured, but there was no comparison when it came to Jesus.
- As a result, the act of presenting Him with gold was meant to acknowledge that He was the most precious Gift of all and that He would one day bring the last and last dominion to earth.
- The second gift, Frankincense, was given to Daniel.
- However, frankincense was used to honor the King, rather than gold being given as a present.
- ″And when they entered the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and they fell to their knees and worshiped Him.″ Matthew 2:11 ″And when they had gotten into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and they knelt down and worshiped Him.″ They gave presents to Him after they had unwrapped their riches, which included gold, frankincense, and myrh.″ It is important to note that the Wise Men prostrated themselves at Jesus’ feet in reverence.
- Can you image what it must have looked like to anyone else who happened to be walking by at the time?
- Here are some males who are dressed in a way that is distinct from everyone else.
- It’s clear that they’ve traveled a long distance in quest of something, and it appears that they’ve found it in the small community of Bethlehem.
- They now fall on their faces in front of a newborn and express their feelings of affection, much to the surprise of others around them.
- Isaiah 9:6 was no likely well-known to them at the time.
- ″For unto us is born a Child, and unto us is given a Son, and the government will be upon His shoulder.″ (Isaiah 9:6) ″And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,″ the prophet Isaiah says.
- You can almost hear the Wise Men, still on their knees, softly uttering those words to the infant Jesus.
Mighty God!″ says the speaker.″Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!″ they exclaim.If we could travel back in time to a time when the Temple in Jerusalem was still intact, we would discover the chamber known as the ″holy place″ filled with smoke from the incense that was being burned.Frankincense has a delightful perfume that you will remember for a long time.As a gift given to Jesus, it serves as a reminder that He is not only King of kings, but also our Great High Priest, who represents us before the Father in the presence of God.He is uniquely equipped to represent us since He lived on our planet and has gone through all we go through in our daily lives.
That is why He has the authority to represent us in paradise.He has always been considered one of us.Hebrews 4:15 (NIV): The reason is because ″we don’t have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our failings, but who was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.″ Because Jesus is aware of your difficulties, no matter what they are.The Bible informs us that: Jesus broke down and sobbed.
(John 11:35) Jesus was filled with pleasure.(John 15:11; Hebrews 12:2) Jesus understood what it was like to be frustrated.(Matthew 16:5-11) Jesus experienced physical discomfort.(1 Peter 3:18) Jesus was in a state of distress.(Luke 22:44) Jesus was apprehensive.
- (Matthew 26:39) Jesus was well acquainted with rage.
- (Mark 3:5) Jesus was feeling exhausted.
- (John 4:6) Jesus was familiar with thirst.
- Jesus was familiar with hunger (John 19:28).
- Jesus was familiar with poverty (Matthew 4:2).
Jesus was familiar with revulsion (Matthew 8:20).(John 2:13-17) Jesus was familiar with sadness.Jesus was compassionate, according to Matthew 26:38.(Matthew 9:36) Jesus was familiar with astonishment.(Matthew 8:10) Jesus felt completely alone.(Matthew 27:46; Mark 1:15) Never imagine that you have gone through, are going through, or will ever go through something that Jesus hasn’t already gone through and survived it all.
″But what about childbirth?″ someone may inquire.Jesus was a human being.I don’t see how he could have known the agony of childbirth.″ Of course, the obvious explanation is that He was not familiar with the anguish of delivery, but Jesus was familiar with severe bodily suffering.
Consider the agony He DID go through: the yanking of handfuls of hair from his beard, the lashing with leather thongs studded with chunks of iron, the crown of thorns pushed into His head, the nails hammered through His wrists and feet, to name a few examples.There is no one who has ever felt the bodily suffering, emotional pain, spiritual pain, and mental anguish that Jesus underwent, and He did it all for you, I can guarantee you.Myrrh is the third gift that we get.Myrrh was a spice that was used to embalm the dead in the time of Jesus.
Not to mention the bizarre present you’ve brought a newborn.Think about what you would think if you were holding a baby shower and someone showed up with a funeral wreath as a present.You would undoubtedly be perplexed as to what type of depraved mentality would commit such a heinous act.Myrrh, on the other hand, was chosen as one of the gifts for Jesus by the ″Wise″ men.Let’s take a look at the motivations behind each of the presents.First and foremost, there was gold.
As a mark of respect for Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of lords, he was presented with a crown of gold.Frankincense was given to Jesus as our Great High Priest, and it is being used today.Myrrh, on the other hand, was offered in honor of the sacrifice that Jesus will make for us.
The term ″myrrh″ has its origins in the Arabic word mara, which literally translates as ″bitter.″ Myrrh was also utilized as a narcotic to relieve pain in ancient times.″And they took Him to a spot called Golgotha, which means ‘Place of the Skull’ in English.Then they offered Him wine that had been infused with myrrh, but He refused to drink it.″ (Matthew 15:22-23; Luke 15:22-23) Instead of taking myrrh to dull the agony of the nails in his wrists and feet, Jesus tasted death on the cross in order to save you and me from our sins and death.In addition to the spices Nicodemus gave to Jesus in order to prepare Him for burial, the final present offered to Jesus was myrrh and other spices.
(Matthew 19:39) I realize you’re thinking this is a dismal Christmas message at this point, but bear with me while I explain a bit more about this spice known as myrrh.Do you recall the historical figure Queen Esther?In the Book of Esther, this is stated: In that account, a cruel man named Haman tried to assassinate all of the Jews, but Queen Esther, who was herself a Jewess, intervened and stopped him.Esther went before the king at the danger of her own life, and she was successful in convincing him that Haman was a wicked man, so saving the Jews’ lives.However, this is only a portion of the narrative.Esther had to finish a 12-month regimen of beauty treatments, which were required of every lady who appeared before the King, before she was allowed to visit the King.
(Esther 2:12) Treatments with myrrh oil lasted six months, and treatments with various scents and cosmetics lasted another six months.Every day for six months, Esther was required to spend time in a chamber filled with burning myrrh and have myrrh oil massaged all over her body and face.As it turns out, myrrh had prepared her for her meeting with the King.It’s the same situation for us.
- Myrrh, on the other hand, signifies a bitter experience for humans.
- We needed to go through the painful process of discovering that we were sinners and helpless without a Savior.
- We required myrrh, just as Esther did, before we could see the King of kings himself.
- Have you had the opportunity to meet the King?
- Actually, Christmas began with a promise made in the Garden of Eden thousands of years ago (Genesis 3:14) The fulfillment of the Promise came later, with the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
- The crucifixion was necessary, according to a plan that had been formed before the foundations of the world were created, so that we would have eternal life in the presence of God, who is the King of kings.
- That is something we accept on the basis of faith, and that, my friend, is the genuine gift of Christmas.
- So, Merry Christmas to everyone!
Matthew 2:11 Three Wise Men Brought Their Gifts To Jesus — Tell the Lord Thank You
- Matthew 2:11 (KJV) When they entered the home, they were greeted by the infant and his mother, Mary, and they immediately bent down and worshiped him.
- Then they opened their treasure boxes and presented him with presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which he greatly appreciated.
- When the ″Wise men or Magi″ went out to follow the ″star″ in the east, they did so with the intention of presenting sacrifices, adoration, and devotion to the ″KING.″ They fell down before Jesus and worshiped Him, then opened their riches and brought presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn King of the Jews and Savior of the World.
Gifts that were truly appropriate for a king or queen ″THE KINGDOM.There was no doubt in the wise men’s minds that this infant born in a manger was no ordinary baby.He is ″King Jesus,″ God shown in the form of a human being.Symbolically, the gifts that the ″Wise Men″ gave to Jesus had a spiritual significance.Myrh (an embombing oil used at death) was a symbol of Jesus’ death on the Cross, while gold represented His earthly Kingship, Frankincense represented His deity (divine nature as God in the flesh), and incense represented His divinity (divine nature as God in the flesh).
What will you be giving to Jesus as a ″present″ this Christmas?I can only hope and pray that you have surrendered your will to God’s will for your life and that this is the case.No one should perish, but everyone should come to repentance is God’s will, says the Bible (2 Peter 3:9, NIV).Is there still a question in your mind what you should give to Jesus this Christmas?Would you consider giving Him you, and in doing so, offering Him the opportunity to rescue you from your sins?
What do you think?Jesus came to earth in order to die as a sacrifice for our sins.He did it out of love for you and me, and He wants to spend eternity with you and me.
A group of ″wise men″ set out in search of the Savior.They utilized the ″Star″ in the east as a compass to locate Him, and they were successful in their search.In seeking me with all your heart, you will find me and be rewarded for your efforts (Jer.29:13, NIV).Humanity now does not need to search for the east start; instead, we may discover God via a personal relationship with Christ Jesus, which we can achieve through faith!’For God was pleased to have all of his fullness dwell in him, 20 and to reconcile all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross,’ says the Bible (Col.
- 1:19-20, NIV).
- The ″STAR″ is an acronym that stands for ″Significant Other.″ ″The path that leads to God is still shining brightly today.
- Jesus, the sun is blazing brightly!
- The ″STAR″ will revolutionize your life, and you will never be the same again if you follow it!
- Jesus, you have given us gifts appropriate for a ″KING″!
- What are you bringing Him for Christmas this year?
- The fact that you know that you are the present that He desires eliminates the necessity of going shopping or going to the mall to get anything for Him.
- The anticipation of your dedication during this Avent Season is palpable.
- The fact that you have decided to spiritually submit your life to Him and place your confidence in His ability to love and care for you excites Him to no limit.
- ″I am the excellent shepherd; I am familiar with my own flock, and my flock is familiar with me″ (Jn.
- Gifts for the King and Queen!
- What better gift could there be than a life surrendered?
- There is no better gift you can give Him than yourself!
Have you prepared your heart to meet with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?Consider the answer to this question today.God’s blessings on you.Debra I do not own any of the photographs or videos on this website, and I make no claim to ownership of them.
The Gifts Of The Wise Men & Our Gifts…
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It’s hard to think that it’s already that time of year again. It’s time to have a party and exchange gifts. I’m not sure where Jesus fits into this scenario. What kind of presents could we possibly give Him this Christmas? The gifts that the three wise men gave Him in Matthew 2:1-12 will assist us in determining this.
GOLD—HIS SOVEREIGN DOMINION
- Gold was given to a king as a gift since it was the most valuable metal available at the time and symbolized monarchy.
- The wise men saw that this was no ordinary youngster.
- They gathered around him.
Then there came King Jesus—King of kings and Lord of lords—who appeared before them.Rather than hugging or cuddling this kid, they bowed their knees in devotion to Him.On a particularly memorable trip to Washington, I got the opportunity to talk with President Barack Obama.I added that I had heard he was going to be in my city the next day.″That’s correct,″ he stated.
″Why don’t you come back with me on Air Force One to Memphis?″ ″Why, Mr.President, that would be a pleasure, but I have a plane to catch back home today,″ I responded.″Well, if you can make it work, I’d be delighted to have you.″ he answered.Do you have any idea what I did?I made a hotel reservation and went out to get a toothbrush in a jiffy.
Why?Those invites don’t come your way every day—at least, they didn’t come my way!The next day, I said to myself, ″Adrian, you altered your schedule, booked a hotel room, and stayed an extra night just so you could spend a few moments with that gentleman.″ Despite the fact that I would have done it again, I wondered, ″How much trouble did you have to go through?
″How would you compare what you do for the King of kings to what you do for yourself?″ My heart was broken when I realized that I am sometimes more impressed with the men of this earth than I am with the King of Heaven.He is, my buddy, the King of kings.
FRANKINCENSE—HIS SINLESS DEITY
If gold was given to a king as a gift of wealth, then frankincense was used to worship the King as a form of worship.These wise men recognized Jesus as the spotless divinity who deserved to be worshipped and praised.″And when they entered the home, they saw the little infant with Mary His mother, and they dropped on their knees and worshipped Him; and when they had opened their treasures, they brought presents to Him, which were gold, frankincense, and myrrh″ (Matthew 2:11).As God’s offspring, we are instructed to ″worship the Lord your God and serve Him alone,″ according to the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:13).If Jesus is not the Son of God, then this is the greatest act of blasphemy known to man.It is written in the book of Isaiah 9:6 that ″For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,″ ″The mighty God,″ ″The everlasting Father,″ ″The Prince of Peace,″ and ″The Counselor″ are all titles that are given to Him.
Jesus was not only born a king, but He was also God manifested in the form of a human being.The response of some may be: ″Well, I don’t think that Jesus Christ is God, but I believe that He was a nice guy.″ When it comes to addressing God, ″I AM″ is the most sacred term, and Jesus claimed it for Himself when he said ″Before Abraham was, I AM″ (John 8:58).In the event that Jesus Christ is merely a man, He is a fraud and an impostor, because He claimed to be God in His own right.If somebody claimed to be God while fully aware that he was not, he could not be considered ″good.″
MYRRH—HIS SACRIFICIAL DEATH
The next present they brought was myrrh, which is a precious material that is used to embalm the bodies of the dead.Take a moment to consider the meaning of this act: are you offering a kid something that is used to embalm the dead?They realized that this child had been destined to perish from the beginning.Myrrh was also utilized as a narcotic to relieve pain in ancient times.They offered Him wine laced with myrrh while he was hanging on the cross.However, instead of swallowing myrrh to dull His agony, Jesus experienced death for the sake of all mankind.
Whether or not the wise men completely comprehended what was going on, the Holy Spirit compelled them to make these gifts, and the Holy Spirit made a record of what they did.They brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh, among other things, as a symbol of their recognition of His sovereign sovereignty, hallowed divinity, and sacrificial death.What are you planning to gift to Jesus this Christmas?Will you be willing to offer Him your money in exchange for His royal dominion?Will you offer Him your adoration in recognition of His innocent deity?
Will you stand as a witness to His sacrificial death on your behalf?My Lord is the only owner of my money, my devotion, and my testimony.And, in accordance with His Word, yours does as well.
The Three Wise Men’s Gifts for Jesus
Following the star of Bethlehem, three wise men, sometimes known as the Magi, are reported to have arrived at the manger with three gifts for the newborn infant Jesus.These presents were not the conventional gifts for a newborn, however they were useful to Jesus’ family in a variety of situations.According to certain Christian readings, the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh bore prophetic significance, reflecting Jesus’ responsibilities as a king, priest, and savior, respectively.
In ancient times, gold was connected with monarchy, and it was presented to monarchs as a gift around the time of Christ’s birth. The first gift from the wise men, a piece of gold, represented Jesus’ status as the King of Kings. It’s possible that Jesus’ family utilized the gift of gold for their journey to Egypt and on their return journey from that country to Jerusalem.
Frankincense was a form of incense that was burned as a sacrifice and was used by priests during religious rites around the time of Christ’s birth, according to the Bible.The gift of frankincense from the three wise men represented Jesus’ priesthood.The present of frankincense may have been used for practical purposes by Jesus’ family, such as during prayer, or it may have been delivered to the temple priests as a sacrifice by the apostles.
Myrrh was employed as an embalming ointment by the Jews around the time of Christ’s birth, when they were preparing bodies for burial.The gift of myrrh from the wise men was a prophetic indication that Jesus would be born to suffer and die, as well as a symbolic representation of his burial.The present of myrrh may have also served a practical purpose, since Mary, Jesus’ mother, is thought to have used the myrrh at both Joseph’s and Jesus’ graves, according to tradition.
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Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh: Why the Wise Men Brought These Gifts to the Newborn Jesus
In the twelve days following the birth of Jesus, three wise men journeyed thousands of miles to pay him a visit.They had brought with them the priceless gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which they were to present to the newly crowned king.Today, only gold appears to be a present worthy of the son of God, and that is a rarity.As a result, why did the wise men choose these three presents in particular?Among all the presents, gold stands out as the most conspicuous.It is just as precious today as it was in biblical times in terms of monetary value.
When it comes to money, gold figures prominently in the Bible, serving as a symbol of both material and spiritual richness.It was a priceless medal that could only be obtained by persons who were as wealthy as kings.When the magi presented it to Jesus as a gift, it was most likely a symbol of their recognition of Jesus’ power as king, according to tradition.As an incense, frankincense is made from the sap of the same-named tree, which dries to form lumps of gum resin that are burned.When it was first used, it was regarded to be the greatest type of incense; in fact, its name literally translates as ″pure incense.″ Due to its high monetary value, only the extremely rich could afford to utilize it.
Frankincense was thought to be a medical ingredient that could be used to treat a broad range of maladies, although it was most commonly used as an incense in ancient times.Many civilizations have used incense in their worship from the beginning of time because the rising smoke was a powerful image of prayers ascending to the heavens.As one of the four components of the sacred incense burnt by Jewish priests in the Sanctuary, frankincense is referenced in the Bible’s Old Testament.The magi’s gift of frankincense to Jesus would have been a symbol of his divinity as well as his destiny as high priest of Israel.
It was also a fantastic present for the new king because of its high monetary worth.Myrrh is not a product that is commonly utilized now, yet it was regarded to be equally as valuable as gold during biblical times.It is made from the sap of the myrrh tree, which is dried and turned into a gum resin, similar to frankincense.I believe it was largely utilized for pain relief, as well as a therapy for wounds, coughs, infections, and worms in ancient times.Ancient people used to burn myrrh in the apartments of the ill, which was a common practice.As a matter of fact, it was administered to Jesus as he was dying as medication.
It was used on Jesus’ body after he died, a practice that was also used by the Hebrews and the ancient Egyptians, who employed it in embalming as well as other applications.Myrrh’s aromatic smell has led to its widespread usage as a component in perfumes and incense due to its pleasing aroma.Its flavor, on the other hand, was not particularly good.This material was given the name myrrh because of its bitter flavor, which is reflected in the term ″myrrh.″ Scholars think that the wise men brought Jesus with myrrh because the bitter taste of the herb signified the difficult trials he would face during his life.It might have also been a foreshadowing of his death.Some feel that its therapeutic powers represent his position as a healer, which is supported by the evidence.
Each of the three gifts presented by the three wise men represents a different aspect of Jesus’ life and divinity than the other.They all have a similar monetary worth since they are presents appropriate for a new monarch.
The Meaning of the Wise Men’s Gifts (Matthew 2:1-12)
Finally, the Christmas and holiday seasons have arrived.Getting caught up in the commercialism of Christmas and gift-giving can be quite difficult to resist.With Black Friday discounts, ″Christmas lists,″ Santa Claus, Christmas lights, decorations, and Mariah Carey, it’s hard not to become excited about the holidays.These days, Christmas feels more and more like a massive display of commercialism than ever before.It’s something I find a bit difficult to deal with at times, to be honest.But I’m not here to discuss all of the various ways in which Christmas has been marketed.
I’m truly going to concentrate on getting presents.If we’re being honest, it’s one of the most crucial aspects of our contemporary Christmas.The most exciting part of the holiday season for most children (and even adults) is giving and receiving gifts.Our materialistic culture is obsessed with the acquisition of material goods.But, as Christians, how should we handle Christmas gifts, knowing that the true meaning of the holiday is the birth of Jesus into the world?
My Family’s Tradition
My family has its own ritual when it comes to giving gifts.I’m not claiming that this is the ideal response to the problem of Christmas gifts, but it’s what my family has done in the past.My family had seven children, so my parents felt that buying a large number of gifts for each child was a bit excessive.It would just become too expensive.My mother, on the other hand, came to the conclusion that it was not necessary for each child to get a mountain of gifts.She didn’t want to instill a greedy, selfish mindset in us by encouraging the ″more, more″ mentality that has become synonymous with the holiday season.
Consequently, my mother established a custom in which each of us would receive three presents from my parents: one ″desire,″ one ″need,″ and one ″for fun.″ This tradition continues today.The ″want″ present was something that we had previously shown an interest in receiving.For me, it might have been a certain scent, bakeware, or a new beauty palette that I wished to get.It would’ve been like a toy for the tiny kids, who would’ve loved it.The ″need″ present was something that we, quite frankly, need.
Some of the ″need″ presents I got were items such as a table lamp for my room, gloves, and socks, among other things.One year, I was even given a suitcase to carry everywhere (as I was moving out in the near future).Finally, the ″for pleasure″ present was typically some sort of game, book, or other item that might be used to pass the time.Something that was done only for the purpose of having ″fun.″ Not only that, but it wasn’t anything we specifically requested.
My siblings would frequently receive board games, movies, art materials, or Legos, but I would frequently receive books.As a result, why did my mother choose to give three things in particular?She wanted to make a connection between our holiday gift-giving custom and the three gifts that Jesus got from the three wise men when he was born.Because Christmas is a time when we commemorate Jesus’ birth and entry into the world, she wanted all of us to be reminded of Jesus, even when we were opening our own gifts.
Presents in the Bible
What about the gifts mentioned in the Bible? As I previously stated, we know that the three wise men presented Jesus with three gifts when they first encountered him. In nativity scenes and Christmas performances, it’s a well-known scene to see. But, more importantly, why did this happen in the first place? After you’ve read Matthew 2:1-12, take a minute to consider this first question.
Why did the wise men give Jesus gifts in the first place?
The three wise men are fascinating figures to learn about.They’re described as intellectuals and philosophers who have had extensive training in a variety of subjects, including religion, astronomy, and astrology.Despite this, it is unclear how many wise men actually paid a visit to Jesus (sorry, ″We Three Kings″ fans).However, the most essential information we have about them is that 1) they had been looking forward to the arrival of the Messiah, and 2) they were anxious to meet the King of Kings when he arrived.Afterwards, it states in verse 10 that they ″rejoiced with very great gladness″ (ESV).Then there’s the matter of the gifts.
What prompted the three wise men to deliver these gifts to the infant Jesus?As it happened, they already had a longing and desire for the long-awaited king, and now that He had arrived, they were able to express their love, devotion, and admiration for the new King Jesus via the use of these gifts.Their willingness to give up these (obviously expensive) gifts in order to offer them to this wonderful child King who has no need of the wealth of this world speaks volumes about their character.It is by this action that people demonstrate that Jesus is their treasure rather than these material things.In this text, Matthew clearly mentions the gifts that were given: gold, frankincense, and myrrh, among others.
If Matthew felt the need to mention them, it is safe to assume that they are of considerable significance to him.So, let’s think about the next question for a moment.
What might be the significance of these three gifts?
Naturally, each and every one of these presents is a fantastic gift in and of itself (mostly).They were extravagant presents, befitting the Son of God’s majesty.But what was the greater significance of each gift?Put another way, ″the gold symbolizes Jesus’ monarchy, the frankincense symbolizes his divinity, and the myrrh symbolizes his humanity″ (Christianity.com).Gold is often linked with royalty.It’s a rich metal that exudes wealth and majesty in its presence.
When the wise men offered this gift to Jesus, they were accepting and recognizing Jesus as the Messiah and King of all the nations.It alludes to Jesus’ regal status as the King of Kings and Queen of the Universe.During that historical period, frankincense was frequently utilized as an incense or perfume, and the Jews would use it in their temple worship ceremonies.Frankincense was blended with the oil that was used to anoint the priests of Israel, and the result was a fragrant mixture.The wise men were ″pointing to Christ as our High Priest″ by giving this gift, according to the Bible (Crossway.org).
While the priesthood was founded to represent Israel before God, Jesus would be our final representative, and he would be totally righteous and agreeable to God, the Father, in every way.It demonstrates Jesus’ total divinity in contrast to us.Last but not least, myrrh.When it comes to most situations, myrrh is a somewhat incongruous present to receive.
This period saw a lot of myrrh being used for therapeutic purposes, and it was especially popular for embalming the bodies of the deceased.This is neither a suitable present for a baby nor a king.It turns out, however, to be a very fitting present for Jesus to receive.While it is unclear how much the three wise men knew about Jesus’ future career, the prophets of the Old Testament foreshadowed the suffering and death of the Messiah on a number of occasions throughout history.The gift of myrrh from the three wise men alludes to Jesus’ crucifixion, which atoned for the sins of the entire world.It expresses his humanity in a positive way.
The Christmas Story is the Gospel Story
The gifts of the three wise men tell the tale of the gospel.In reality, the entire Christmas story is about God Himself coming down from heaven to earth as our King and High Priest, all in order to suffer on the cross in our place for our sins.At the same time as we wait in anticipation of Christ’s arrival throughout the Advent season, we remember that Jesus has already come, died, and risen from the dead, providing redemption to those who confess Jesus as their King, High Priest, and Savior.Because the Christmas tale is also the gospel story, it necessitates our participation on our part.In anticipation of the arrival of Christ, the wise men replied by seeking out Jesus, presenting him with these very symbolic gifts, and honoring him as the King of Kings, among other things.But, what exactly are we worshipping here?
Which is more important: our Christmas season’s consumerism and earthly rituals, or Jesus, the genuine King?Are we willing to get to our knees, lay down our treasured possessions, and present them to our Lord and King, who gave his life for us?Are we willing to admit that only Jesus can satisfy our deepest desires and needs?Consider the ultimate Christmas present: the gift of Jesus coming into the world for you—to give you new life in Him.This is the greatest Christmas gift.
What are your plans for responding to this Christmas gift?When it comes to gifts, nothing can possible compare to God Himself as the King of Kings, coming to the world and dying for your benefit.
What Is the Significance of the Three Gifts the Wise Men Offered to Jesus? — Beautiful Christian Life
A minister in the Australian Presbyterian Church for more than twenty-two years, Campbell Markham resides in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and two children.Growing up, we used to leave out empty pillowcases next to our beds on the night before the holiday season.Every room would be crammed with gifts when they woke up in the morning.I once woke up on Christmas morning at an inconvenient hour.I could feel at the end of the bed that the bag was nearly full, but no one else was awake, not even the birds.It was futile to get back to sleep, and the following hour or so of waiting in the calm darkness was a little unpleasant as well.
It was always a pleasant surprise to wake up to a cold, clear morning in Perth, knowing that there would be plenty of time for swimming later on.Our overstuffed pillowcases would be escorted into the living room, where we would begin the heavenly task of withdrawing and unwrapping one nicely wrapped item after another.Our parents’ incredible generosity did not, however, prevent us from internally evaluating the quality of the present.The difference between the sheep and the goats was the roughness of the present wrap on which it was wrapped.To put it clearly, a sturdy gift received a high rating, whereas a soft present received a low rating.
Hard presents were most likely to be toys, such as a Star Wars blaster, a board game, or something electronic, such as a Walkman (if you’re under the age of 38, contact an older person for help).Clothes were more likely to be given as soft presents.Clothes are the least intriguing item on the planet.
The Magi presented three gifts to the child Jesus in Bethlehem.
But what about the gifts that were delivered during the first Christmas—the three gifts that the Magi brought to the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem—and how did they fit into the story?Matthew is the only one who tells us the story: After listening to the king’s speech, they continued their journey.It was then that they noticed a bright light rising above the horizon that followed them until it came to settle above the location where the youngster was.When they spotted the star, they were overjoyed and filled with a wonderful sense of accomplishment.In the midst of their adoration, they discovered the infant with Mary his mother, and they dropped on their knees and worshipped him.Then, when they opened their riches, they presented him with presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And after being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they decided to take a different route back to their own country.(See Matthew 2:9-12) There is no indication as to how long this occurred following Jesus’ birth.Given that King Herod attempted to assassinate Jesus shortly after the Magi’s visit by ordering the execution of all boys in Bethlehem aged two years and under, it is possible that Jesus was born anytime within two years after his father’s murder.
Who were the “wise men” in Matthew 2:1-12?
A magos was a sage, priest, and/or astrologer who practiced pagan wisdom.The words ″magic″ and ″magician″ derive from the Greek word magos.Magi is the plural form, and because they came from the east and followed a star, it is likely that they were Persian astrologers.The notion that there were three Magi, as depicted on our Christmas cards, is based on the presenting of three gifts.Matthew, on the other hand, just tells us that there were more than one of them.It was around five centuries after Jesus’ birth that the traditional names of Balthazar, Caspar, and Melchior were created.
What the Magi did when they eventually spotted the newborn Jesus, on the other hand, is something we can say with historical certainty.They ″dropped to their knees and adored him.″ The term ″worship″ was formerly used to denote prostration before a king, usually in order to kiss the hem of his garment.The Magi sank on their knees before the newborn Jesus, their faces contorted in awe.
The magi “fell down and worshiped him.”
″What Persian wise man would come to commemorate the birth of a Jewish peasant?″ many have questioned about the account of the Magi’s visit.Because of the oddity of their adoration, it draws attention to the magnificence of the infant.These travelers, who would have been extremely wealthy if they had undertaken such a long journey and were no doubt highly esteemed in their own country, recognized in the newborn Jesus someone who was far more deserving of praise and glory on a cosmic scale.Furthermore, the fact that non-Jewish pagan religious leaders came to worship Christ proclaims that the Savior came to save people from every tribe, country, and tongue, not only Jews.The same Jesus would urge his followers to ″go therefore and make disciples of all countries″ some thirty years later, according to the Gospel of Matthew.It is also necessary to draw a contrast between the pagan Magi and Herod the Great, the presumed ″King of the Jews.″ Herod should have led his people in celebrating the birth of the Lord’s Anointed, as a Jewish leader should have done.
Instead, he attempted to assassinate him, and it was left to others to pay tribute to him.In Genesis 12:1-3, we see the beginning of what the Gospels will detail from beginning to end: Israel’s rejection of Jesus and his goal, which was conceived in Genesis 12:1-3, to extend his redemption benefits beyond the confines of Israel to all nations.
Let’s now look at the significance of those first “Christmas gifts.”
Gold is a rare and valuable metal that is used in jewelry.At the time of this writing, it costs about $70,000 per kg.Gold has always been considered extremely precious, and until we reach the Celestial City and walk on it like asphalt, it will continue to be considered extremely valuable.Frankincense is the dried sap of the Boswellia sacra tree, which is native to the Horn of Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula and gets its name from an old French phrase that means ″clean incense.″ Little holes are chipped into the bark, and the sap pours out in small tears, which are then collected after they have been allowed to dry completely.Heat transforms the bitter flavor of frankincense into a powerful balsamic odor, according to the dictionary (The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol.2, p.
360).It was employed for embalming by the ancient Egyptians.It was standard practice in the ancient Near East for Kings to have their heads anointed with frankincense ointment, which was quite costly.God instructed Moses to prepare a special ointment with this uncommon fragrance while in the desert: ‘Take delicious spices, such as stacte and onycha, as well as galbanum, and blend them with pure frankincense (each should have an equal proportion),’ the Lord instructed Moses.″Make an incense blended as by a perfumer, seasoned with salt, and pure and holy,″ the Lord declared.
(See Exodus 30:34-35 for further information.) It is similar to frankincense, in that it is made from dried sap.Myrrh comes from the Commiphora myrrha, which is ″a low thorny tree″ (ISBE, p.450), which grows in the same areas as frankincense.Myrrh is used in fragrances and cosmetics, and it was also one of the components in the sacred anointing oil that was used to sanctify Old Testament priests before they were ordained (Exod.
30:23-25).The soldiers or the ladies who accompanied Jesus to Golgotha offered him ″wine mingled with myrrh″ just before he was nailed on the cross, but he refused to accept the gift.It’s possible that the combination was a rudimentary anesthetic, as recorded in Mark 15:23.After Jesus’ death, according to John, Nicodemus ″came bearing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing approximately seventy-five pounds″ (John 19:39), and Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus ″took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews″ (John 19:40).(John 19:40).The myrrh was used to halt the decomposition process and disguise the stink of decay, and the fact that it was used suggests that Jesus’ supporters did not anticipate his resurrection to take place soon.
As a result, myrrh is strongly associated with the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh also appear in the list of luxury goods in Revelation 18.
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are among the luxury items mentioned in Revelation 18:12-13 that the ″merchants of the earth weep and sorrow″ over because, following God’s vengeance on Babylon, no one would be interested in them any longer, according to the Bible.This demonstrates the high monetary worth that these objects have in today’s society.Aside from that, the Queen of Sheba presented King Solomon with ″120 talents of gold″ in addition to ″a tremendous number of spices and beautiful stones.″ ″Never again would such an abundance of spices as those given to King Solomon by the Queen of Sheba be seen again″ (1Kings 10:10).According to Psalm 72, this is a representation of the ultimate homage that will be paid to the Lord’s Anointed: Those from Tarshish and far coastlines will pay him tribute, and the rulers of Sheba and Seba will give him gifts in return.All monarchs will submit to him, and all countries will be devoted to his service (verses 10-11).By giving those presents, the Queen honored Solomon as a great King, and by offering their adoration and lavish royal gifts to Jesus, the Magi worshiped Jesus as their great Sovereign and King as well.
They demonstrated to him that he was the fulfillment of Psalm 72.
The Magi’s presents pointed forward to Jesus’ great high-priestly work.
The early church Fathers tended to assign metaphorical significance to each gift, such as gold representing Jesus’ kingship, frankincense representing his divinity, and myrrh representing his humanity.Jesus, without a doubt, embodies all of these characteristics.Modern academics, on the other hand, prefer to discourage the search for particular importance, stating that it is the overall ″character of the gifts″ that is striking, rather than their possible application.″The first and typical recognition of Christ by people who had heretofore been ‘far away;″ and their donations as ″symbolic of the whole world’s tribute,″ according to Alfred Edersheim, for example (The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Vol.1, p.190).
May the Magi’s gifts remind us this year of God’s gift of His Son.
Overall, I agree, but the close Old Testament association of frankincense with priests, and the close Gospel association of myrrh with Jesus’ death and burial, lead me to believe that the Magi’s gifts were not just any old precious and expensive gifts, but rather pointed forward to Jesus’ great high-priestly work, the offering up of himself as a sacrifice for the sins of his people from every corner of the world.During this season of giving, may the gifts of the Magi serve as a reminder of God’s gift of His Son, the Great King, who was offered as a sacrifice for the world, ″so that whomever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life″ (John 3:16).
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Who were the three kings in the Christmas story?
- People in the Bible
The wise men from the East, while only making a brief appearance in the narrative of Jesus’ birth, had a lasting effect on the Christian imagination.As part of our coverage of the history of the Bible and the hunt for sacred books, National Geographic investigates important biblical personalities in our ongoing series People in the Bible.Many Christmas songs make mention of the three kings, who go to Bethlehem in the company of a star to pay their respects to the newborn Jesus.In the Bible, they are not referred to as kings, nor is their number given; rather, they are referred to as ″wise men from the East.″ The art of magic was performed by knowledgeable astrologers in several courts in the east, including ancient Babylon and Persia.These astrologers were typically appointed as priestly counsellors at these courts.As a result of this interpretation, the three magi have come to be known as kings.
A brilliant star guided the magi from the east until it came to rest ″over the area where the child was,″ at which point they entered the home and ″began to see the infant with his mother,″ according to the Book of Matthew (Matthew 1:24).The magi bowed down to the newborn Jesus and ″presented him with presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh,″ according to the Bible.A possible parallel is made by their contributions to Isaiah’s prophecy of countries paying tribute to Jerusalem, which states: ″A multitude of camels shall cover you.″ It is they who will bring gold and frankincense, and they will sing the praises of the Lord″ (Matthew 2:11, Isaiah 60:6).(Read on to find out the difference between Arabian Camels and Bactrian Camels.) King Herod had heard tales about the birth of a new ″king,″ and he was enraged enough to go in search of the child.
It is recorded in the Book of Matthew that on their route to Bethlehem, the magi stopped at King Herod’s palace, where he requested that they inform him as to where the newborn infant was, so that ″I may also go and do him honor.″ However, the magi were cautioned not to return to Herod in a dream, and as a result, they ″went for their own country via another path″ and were never seen or heard from again″ (Matthew 2:12).
Building a backstory
Later versions of the narrative named the magi by their given names as well as their respective countries of origin: Melchior was from Persia, Gaspar (also known as ″Caspar″ or ″Jaspar″) was from India, and Balthazar was originally from Arabia.Their gifts also had unique symbolic significance: gold reflected Jesus’ title as ″King of the Jews,″ frankincense represented the infant’s divinity and identification as the Son of God, and myrrh alluded to the infant’s death.In this article, you will learn what archaeology has to say about the historical Jesus.Popular portrayals of Christmas tend to shorten the nativity story, making it look as though the three kings arrive in Bethlehem on Christmas, although traditional celebrations place their arrival in Bethlehem 12 days after the holiday season begins.As the formal celebration of the advent of the Magi (also known as Three Kings Day), Epiphany (also known as Three Kings Day) is one of Christianity’s earliest festivals and is celebrated on January 6th.Epiphany is celebrated on January 6 by Roman Catholics, while it is celebrated on January 19 by Orthodox Christian sects.
Gifts of Wise Men still used today
Mary Alice has been busy decorating our home for the holidays, with a little assistance from me.Unfortunately, owing to COVID limits on travel and the limited number of persons who can meet, we will not be able to see our relatives.COVDI-19 will have a significant impact on the Christmas season in 2020, compared to previous years.Many days and nights were spent traveling to reach their destination almost 2,000 years ago by the three Wise Men, who were carrying presents with them.According to the Bible, the three Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus.The names of the Three Wise Men, on the other hand, are not easily remembered.
According to medieval mythology, the three Wise Men were named Melchoir, King of Arabia (who brought gold); Gaspar, King of Tarsus (who brought myrrh); and Balthasar, King of Ethiopia (who brought balm) (frankincense).After the birth of Jesus, these three names did not occur in either the Bible or Christian literature until 500 years after his death and resurrection.Scholars are divided on the identities of the three men, as well as their origins and destinations.It is accepted, however, that three presents were delivered.The presents that the three gentlemen carried were appropriate for a king’s coronation.
The price of frankincense and myrrh was $500 and $4,000 per pound, respectively, during the time of Christ’s birth, based on today’s figures.Currently, each pound of each is valued at around $15.When gold was first priced at $600 a pound, it was a significant sum of money; now, a pound of gold might cost ten times as much as it did then.Frankincense is a gum-resin derived from the trunks of the Boswellia carteri trees, which are found in East Africa and Southern Arabia and are used in perfumery and cosmetics.
A little stretch of desert in Oman yields the finest frankincense, which originates from a species known as Boswellia carteri, which grows only in this area.The ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans employed this gum for religious ceremonies, and it continues to be used today.The word frankincense is derived from two French words that translate as ″pure incense.″ It is estimated that the process of gathering frankincense has not altered in the previous 5,000 years.Every summer, nomadic families use a spatula-like instrument to carve gashes into the bark of a tree to mark their territory.The tree exudes a milky white fluid from these gashes, which serves as the tree’s natural defense against harm.This milky-white fluid solidifies into a glob after about a week in the presence of air.
A white glob of sand is scraped and collected by nomadic laborers multiple times over the course of three months.It is frankincense in its purest form in this form.Every year, one frankincense tree will produce around 10 pounds of frankincense.Frankincense is sold in the shape of pale colored globules known as tears, which are sold on the market.In ancient times, frankincense could only be gathered by a select group of families who had been chosen to do so.According to legend, flying snakes guarded the trees in order to deter criminals from attempting to take advantage of the situation.
Historians believe that during the height of the Roman Empire, more than 3,000 tons of frankincense were exported annually to Greece, Rome, and China.Egyptians of all social strata used frankincense as a decorative item in their houses and temples.Frankincense was chewed to combat bad breath, ease sore gums, treat skin infections, and even heal wounds in the ancient world.
The antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory effects of frankincense are now widely recognized in modern times.It is also used to alleviate the pain associated with lung infections and asthma attacks.Myrrh is quite similar to frankincense, and the two are sometimes used interchangeably in traditional medicines.Myrrh is principally obtained from a scraggly, thorny tree (Commiphora myrrha), which is related to the tree that yields frankincense and grows in the same family as that tree.
- Unlike frankincense, myrrh grows best in basaltic soil (a hard, compact dark-colored soil formed by volcanic rock) rather than limestone soil, and it may be found in a broader geographical area.
- The bark of the myrrh tree is thin and fragile, and it frequently breaks on its own, allowing gatherers to harvest the resin within.
- As soon as the sap hardens, it becomes black and bitter in flavor; this is the origin of the Greek term myrrha (which meaning bitter).
Given that frankincense is pale and pleasant in appearance, it is likely that it was more popular than myrrh during the time of the ancients.Myrrh, on the other hand, was considered quite a status symbol, and its price was five times more than that of frankincense.A single drop of myrrh oil added to a low-cost perfume would more than double its cost.
Egyptians used myrrh to embalm the mummies of their kings and queens.Myrrh was prescribed for a much wider range of ills than frankincense.It was mixed with a mother’s milk to cure diaper rash.Arab men drank vinegar and myrrh to cure baldness.It was said that Jesus was even given “wine mingled with myrrh” as an anesthetic during his crucifixion.The last gift was gold, which was believed to have supernatural healing powers.
Gold was worn around the neck to keep sickness at bay.Gold was dissolved in acid to cure appendicitis.Today, patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are said to be rejuvenated by gold injections.The gold based drug aurofin is highly effective in treating the early stages of arthritis.
Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, who began experimenting with different chemicals to create gold from other metals, gave birth to the science of alchemy, the predecessor of modern medicine.Early church fathers understood the gold to be symbolic of Christ’s deity; the frankincense of his purity; and the myrrh of his death since it was used in embalming.It’s no wonder Henry Van Dyke penned the words “In the wealth of the wood since the world began, the trees have offered their gifts to man.” We still decorate our homes with trees and holly boughs, and other items from nature.
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What the Gifts of the Magi Tell Us about Jesus
The journey of the Magi to adore Jesus is commemorated on the feast of the Epiphany.It symbolizes the arrival of Jesus to all people — Gentiles and Jews alike – in one body.The Magi, who had traveled from afar to adore the Christ Child, had seen a star and decided to come.It was they who gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh – each of which reveals something about Jesus’ true nature to us.
What the Bible Tells Us about the Magi
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, asking, ″Where is the newborn king of the Jews?″ According to the biblical story, We caught a glimpse of his growing star and have come to pay our respects to him.″ Following their meeting with the king, they set out on their journey.When they got there, they noticed that the star that they had seen at its rise had preceded them all the way to the spot where the youngster was hiding.They were pleased when they saw the star, and when they entered the home, they were surprised to find the infant with Mary, his mother.They bowed their heads in reverence and paid him tribute.Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, among other things.And, after receiving a warning in a dream not to return to Herod, they decided to take a different route back to their homeland.
– Matthew 2:1-2, 9-12; 2:1-2, 9-12
Gold – the Kingship of Jesus
The magi’s gifts were