December 14th – Three Gifts

Matthew 2:10-11 

10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

Why did the wise men present gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus? Why give a baby gifts that the baby couldn’t use at that time? Why not give the baby a stuffed animal that he could enjoy right away? Why gold, frankincense and myrrh?

These gifts were rare, precious and expensive but not typical gifts for a baby. For the wise men, they represented their honoring of the newborn king. It can be viewed that gold was a gift for a king; frankincense was a gift for Jesus’ divinity, and myrrh was a spice for burial, they were symbolic of the future role of Jesus.

So during this month, let’s symbolically give gold by honoring Jesus as King. Let’s give frankincense by worshiping, even if you are feeling in the midst of brokenness, and let’s give myrrh through remembering and thanking God for sending his son to lay down his life for the sake of us this Christmas.

Hannah Stanaway