The significance of the wise men’s gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh!

By now, Christmas 2022 is over, and the presents are unwrapped. I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas!

From scriptures we know that the wise men visited Jesus after his birth though we don’t know how long it was.

Today, I thought I’d share with you the significance of the wise men’s gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The wise men were astrologers and the star they spotted was an astronomical sign that signified the prophecy of the Jewish king’s birth. They came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Unusual gifts for a baby but very significant gifts for Jesus.

Gold was indeed a gift fit for a king. Frankincense was a symbol of holiness and righteousness. The gift of frankincense to the Christ child was symbolic of his future priesthood, setting him apart from a typical king. And Myrrh was used as a perfume, anointing oil, medicinal tonic, and as a key ingredient in the mixture of spices used to prepare bodies for burial.

Each gift from the wise men not only proclaimed Jesus’ kingly status, but also his future priesthood, and spoke of Jesus’ humanity and the way he would save his people—by dying for them.

So, even though Christmas is over, I hope you’ll remember the gifts brought by the wise men to honor the King, the High Priest, and the One Who Died For you.

Wishing you each a Happy New Year!

All the best. . .

Mary Alford

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