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What Gift For The Saviour?
December 10, 2014

It was customary, in those days, to bring gifts to kings. It was a standard practice to give gifts to honor a King or deity.  That’s exactly what the Magi set out to do when they followed the star to Bethlehem.  They were taking gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matt. 2:11) to Jesus (King of Kings), to pay homage and worship Him.

Some biblical scholars and theologians believe that the gifts hold symbolic meaning. Gold represented precious metal, frankincense represented incense or perfume and myrrh represented anointing oil. They also believe that each gift has a spiritual significance as well.  Gold indicated Jesus as King, frankincense indicated Jesus as High Priest, and myrrh foreshadowed Jesus’ death, as it was an ingredient used in the embalming of the body.

These Magi, who came to honor Christ were foreigners, from the East.  They were not Jews.  Yet, Mary and Joseph let them, enter in, and worship the Christ-child.  This paints a beautiful picture for us today.  Christ came into the world for His own people indeed, however, He also came into the world for ALL people.  All can come and worship Him today.

Jesus doesn’t ask us to bring gold, frankincense or myrrh to Him today.  What He wants us to bring is ourselves, just as we are.  We don’t need to come in all the splendor of gold.  We can come to Him in all of our imperfection and brokenness.  When we accept Him as King of our lives, we can kneel before Him and worship Him.  He in exchange adopts us into His family, making us a royal priesthood, and begins to refine us, like pure gold, into His image.

In the quiet of Advent, may we examine within and prepare to give Him our hearts. This is best gift we can give, full surrender, and a heart full of praise and adoration.

“My gift I bring to Jesus, it’s the best that I can give.  I give Him my heart, my all, and praise Him as long as I live”

 
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