Matthew 2:2, 11 – “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?…11 And after they came into the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
The Magi of the Christmas story are a source of endless debate. In my opinion, they were likely Jewish sages from Babylon who would have understood the timing of Christ from Daniel’s prophecies during Israel’s Babylonian captivity. More important is what we can learn from their gifts and their journey.
Gold was reserved for kings, frankincense and myrrh for priests and prophets. Myrrh was a chief ingredient in holy anointing oil. Frankincense was used as a chief component of incense. Priests and prophets were anointed with oil and the priests incorporated incense in their ministry to represent the prayers of the people of God.
The Messiah, or Christ, are both royal terms. Prophets called God’s people to return and realign with God’s ways (repentance). Priests functioned as mediators between God and men, bringing sacrifice for mankind’s sins. Jesus fulfills all these roles in His life and ministry.
Wise people journey with others who understand Christ as prophet, priest, and king. Christ the King has shown us the way and He lives to intercede for us as we journey towards embracing Him with our fellow brothers and sisters.
Heavenly Father, my Lord Jesus Christ, how I long for my journey to conclude beholding you in worship and adoration. I lay my treasures at your feet in service to you. Thank you for fellow travelers who encourage me along the way. Amen.
This concludes our Advent devotionals. Please let me know if these have been a valuable means of grace in connecting daily to God. Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Merry Christmas!