MATTHEW 2: 9-11
When the Wise Men reached Bethlehem, the Scriptures say, “They were overjoyed.” After long weeks of searching and following the only light they had, the Wise Men not only found every hope fulfilled in Christ, but so much more! In response to their joy and their active faith, they bowed down in worship and gave their treasures to this new king. The treasures, which the Wise Men had once thought to be their most treasured possessions, were now surrendered to the One who had become their new
treasure. It is very interesting to note these gifts and their significance in that time period.
Gold: Gold was the gift most suited for a king. It also represented the treasure of one’s heart, as it is the most precious of all metals even today.
Frankincense: Frankincense was used in the Jewish custom for the worshipping of God. It represented prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.
Myrrh: Myrrh was a sweet fragrance and substance that was used to preserve a dead body.
How fitting were these Wise Men’s gifts of worship for this newborn King of the Jews: gold for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, frankincense for God Incarnate, and myrrh for The Lamb of God who takes away our sins through His death and resurrection.