BIBLE READING: Matthew 2:1-2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him".
Matthew 2:9-11 And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, the were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The wise men saw the star and they knew the of the prophesy that said, 'And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel,.' (Matthew 2:6). They knew this star meant the ruler (King) was come.
They came presenting gifts: frankincense, gold, and myrrh.
GOLD: A precious metal. The value of gold would have helped Joseph and Mary greatly. This gift was symbolic of the divinity and worth of Jesus.
FRANKINCENSE: A white resin or gum. Frankincense was highly fragrant and was often times used in worship where it was burned as a pleasant fragrant offering to God. It is a symbol of holiness and Jesus' willingness to become a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
MYRRH: A spice used for embalming. It symbolizes bitterness, suffering, and affliction. Jesus would suffer greatly as he would someday pay the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life on the cross for the sins of mankind.
The wise men chose gifts that were very symbolic of our Lord and Savior, who He was and what He would do for mankind.
If you could bring a gift to Jesus - what would you choose? The only thing that He desires from you is your heart. He paid such a tremendous price for you to be able to spend eternity with Him, but your heart must be surrendered to Him as Lord and Savior for this to happen.
Jesus wants YOU this Christmas season. Will you surrender ALL of you to Him?