My, Devotion to Him #297
Verse Passage: Matthew 2:11 “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.” – NIV
SWM and myself believe this verse shows how our reaction to Christ should look. The wise men came and saw Jesus. Upon seeing Him, they worshipped. Giving reverence and adoration to Him (deep love and respect). Afterwards, they presented to Him treasures.
Gold was used throughout the Bible for government use, the ark of the covenant, and the most holy place. Even today, gold is still used and holds its value. There was something special about giving gold to Christ. This would symbolize His Kingship, authority, power, and longevity.
Frankincense is a powerful resin that is valuable. This resin is burned which produces an aroma of smoke and symbolizes holiness and righteousness. The incense represents Jesus’ sacrifice and our worship of Him in who He is and what He has done. He is the most Holy and Righteous One. Lastly, this symbolizes Jesus’ priestly mission on earth and Him as our High Priest forever.
Myrrh is my favorite simply because of what it was used for and the powerful symbols it has about Christ. This resin was used as anointing oil in biblical times. Psalm 45:7, Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18, and Hebrews 1:9 are all passages relating to the anointing of God, which ties these verses together. Jesus Christ is our anointing.
Myrrh was used for embalming, which would foreshadow the death of Christ. Lastly, this resin was used on people for its healing properties and health benefits. Which reveals to us who Christ is. Myrrh’s healing abilities include; anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, relief of infection, inhibits microbial growth, stimulating thoughts, blood circulation, immune system booster, and cleansing the mouth and throat.
Christ is our healer period! He is the one who cleanses us, protects us, and mends us from the things of this world that seek to destroy our flesh, mind, and spirit.
When looking at these three objects, it’s incredible how much they symbolize Christ as Deity, man, and what He can do. When we encounter Christ, I don’t see anything else that can be done but worship Him. Following our encounter and worship of Him, I believe giving is all that’s left to signify our affection for Him.
Copyright © 2022 by Jacob Olinger
2 thoughts on “Gifts for The One and Only”
. Today of all days I needed this to push me forward and remember where my strength comes from.
Thank you for the study. I appreciate it.