The wise men came to seek the one who had been born King of the Jews, “And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11) These gifts reveal to us the truth about Jesus Christ.
Gold has always been regarded as the Royal Metal, and was offered to the Christ child to call attention to His royalty, for He was “born king”, as the wise men said when they came to Jerusalem seeking Him. He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
Frankincense was used by the priests to make sweet odours in the Temple, as an accompaniment to prayer and worship. This gift to the infant Christ recognized His Godhead, for it was a great offence to offer incense to any but God Himself.
Myrrh is a sweet-smelling resin and was commonly used in burials. When the wise men gave it to the Lord Jesus, they recognized His humanity.
The three gifts together point out that the Lord Jesus Christ came to be Lord of lords and King of kings, and that He became a man, to offer Himself as a sacrifice for sin, and to save us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The wise men gave great gifts. Many people think they must have been kings, to have been able to afford such gifts. God, however, has given the greatest gift of all in giving us His Son. He alone could only have given such a gift, for nobody but the Son of God was without sin. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Christmas is a time of giving. The wise men gave. We give gifts to one another because God gave. There is, however, a gift we ought to give to God, in gratitude for His “inexpressible gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15) to us. What is the gift God wants us to give Him? He wants us to give ourselves to Him, to repent of our sins, to love and serve Him.
Bruce Davie, Pastor/Elder
Sermon: “Jesus, The Anointed King” Matthew 1 & 2
Sunday, 24 December – 10:30 Prayer and fellowship, but no service
Sunday, 24 December – 16:00 Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, 31 December – 10:30 Worship Service