During the Christmas season, we put out Nativity Scenes to remind us of why we celebrate this special day: the birth of God’s only son, who came to save the world from sin. We read in the scriptures how the wise men came and brought him gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Sadly, for many people, that’s where the story ends.
That little babe in the manger grew up to give himself as the sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.
Jesus came to bring us salvation, but that salvation was bought with a very great price: “...and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2 (NIV)
The gift of myrrh is a symbol of Christ’s death on the cross. Myrrh, however, was also used for medicine because it had healing properties. The prophet Isaiah says: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
When we accept this marvelous gift of forgiveness, mercy, love and grace, our lives are forever changed. We no longer live as the world; Jesus showed us how to live God’s way. Frankincense was used for incense; incense was used in the temple by the priests. It symbolizes the fact that Jesus is our ultimate high priest and intercessor.
“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”((Romans 8:34)
The gold the wise men brought to Jesus symbolizes his kingship—Jesus is the King of Kings. When Jesus comes again- as he promised he would- he will come as a reigning king, full of power, majesty and glory, and his kingdom will be forever.
[ The Seventh Trumpet ] “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: The
kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
This Christmas, may the hope that began with the birth of our Savior in Bethlehem culminate in the joy of knowing that He
lives—and because he lives, we can live also.