The Gifts Of The Wise Men & Our Gifts To Jesus
hard to believe it’s that time again...time for celebrations and gift-giving.
Where does Jesus fit into this picture? What gifts could we bring Him this
Christmas? The gifts the wise men brought Him in Matthew 2:1-12 will help us
GOLD—HIS SOVEREIGN DOMINION
was a present for a king, the most precious metal of that day, symbolizing
royalty. The wise men recognized that this was no ordinary child. This was King
Jesus—King of kings and Lord of lords! They didn’t cuddle this child but bowed
the knee in reverence to Him.
a memorable trip to Washington, I had an
opportunity to speak with the President of the United States. I mentioned that I
heard he was visiting my city the next day. He said, “That’s right. Why don’t
you ride back to Memphis
with me on Air Force One?” I said, “Why, Mr. President, that would be an honor
but I have a plane going back today.” He replied, “Well, if you can arrange it,
I’d love to have you.”
you know what I did? I quickly made a hotel reservation and bought a
toothbrush. Why? You don’t get those invitations every day—at least I didn’t!
Later I thought, “Adrian,
you rearranged your schedule, made a reservation, and spent another night just
so you could spend a few moments with that man.” Although I’d have done it
again, I thought, “How much difficulty did you go through? How would you
compare that to what you do for the King of kings?” My heart smote me—that
sometimes I am more impressed with the men of this world than I am with
Heaven’s King. My friend, He is King of kings.
FRANKINCENSE—HIS SINLESS DEITY
gold was a gift of wealth for a king, then frankincense was used to worship the
King. These wise men recognized the sinless deity of Jesus, deserving of their
worship. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with
Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened
their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense and
myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).
Bible clearly tells His children we are to “worship the Lord thy God and serve
Him only” (Deuteronomy 6:13). If Jesus is not the Lord God, then this is the
9:6 verifies, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
was not only born a king, He was God in human flesh.
may say, “Well, I don’t believe Jesus Christ is God, but I do believe He was a
good man.” “I AM” is the most sacred name for God, and Jesus claimed it for
Himself, stating “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). If Jesus Christ is
only a man, He is a fake, a fraud, and an imposter, for He Himself claimed to
be God. If He claimed to be God—knowing He wasn’t—He could not be “good.”
MYRRH—HIS SACRIFICIAL DEATH
third gift they brought was myrrh, a valuable substance used to embalm the
dead. Stop and think of the significance—bringing a child something used to
embalm the dead? They recognized that this little one was born to die.
was also used as a narcotic to dull pain. Upon the cross, they gave Him wine
mingled with myrrh. But instead of tasting myrrh to numb His pain, Jesus tasted
death for every man.
or not the wise men fully understood all this, the Holy Spirit impelled them to
make these gifts and the Holy Spirit recorded them. Of all the gifts they might
have chosen, they brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh, recognizing His
sovereign dominion, sacred deity, and sacrificial death.
will you give Jesus this Christmas? For His sovereign dominion, will you give
Him your wealth? For His sinless deity, will you give Him your worship? For His
sacrificial death, will you give Him your witness? My wealth, my worship, and
my witness belong to my Lord. And according to His Word, so does yours.