Matt.2:10, 11 – When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And after they came into the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

One of the great Christmas stories is about gentile “wise men” who followed a star from an unknown distant land to see the Promised Messiah at the time of His birth. They traveled for many miles at their own expense to come and worship this newborn king. These mysterious individuals serve as a prophetic sign that this messiah was for the whole world, not just the small Jewish nation. Of course we know their story, they did not come empty handed but came with gifts to offer to this newly born infant king. Their gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The gifts themselves contain a prophetic message for the whole world. Let’s take a breath today and hear their powerful prophetic message.
First there was the offering of gold. This gift is obvious, gold speaks to us of kings and kingdoms. The not so obvious part is that this king was not born in a palace but in an animal feeding trough in a stable. What was the hidden message? This would not be an ordinary king or an ordinary kingdom. This child would introduce the world to the Kingdom of God.
The second gift was the gift of frankincense. This carries the message of priests and priestly duties. Of course this son of David could never be a jewish priest because he was not from the tribe of Levi. His priestly duties were going to be of a higher order. He would become the heavenly high priest serving as a mediator between the Heavenly Father and fallen man. What an amazing revelation, this word was declaring the mysteries of this heavenly kingdom.
Finally there was the most puzzling of all gifts. This last gift was myrrh often used in embalming bodies at their death. What a strange gift for a baby. I wonder if Joseph and Mary caught the significance of this gift. Their newborn son would become a sin offering, He was born to die for the sins of the world.
As we celebrate Christmas this year we can do so with eyes wide open. Christ has come as our Savior, our heavenly High Priest, and the soon coming King of kings.

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