Presents for Jesus--by Wendelijn Sloof
Gold represents the majesty and dominion of Jesus as a KING. Frankincense depicts the symbol for prayer and offering showing Jesus as HIGH PRIEST. Myrrh is very expensive, used for embalming, and is a bitter herb used during the Passover meal. (Not your typical baby shower gift!) Myrrh represents suffering and sacrifice showing Jesus as the LAMB.
The Gold is Jesus’ FUTURE reign as King of Kings on earth. This represents the gift of HOPE. Frankincense is what Jesus is doing right NOW as high priest, interceding for us. This represents the gift of FAITH. Myrrh represents what Jesus DID for us on the cross as the sacrificial Lamb taking away the sins of the world. This represents the greatest gift, LOVE.
We also find these three gifts symbolized in the Tabernacle. When first entering the Tabernacle, the priest would see the burnt offering of the Myrrh, symbolizing the suffering of Christ. He would smell the odoriferous sacrifice of the Frankincense, the scent wafting heavenward in the form of intercessory prayers. At last, the priest would see the arch of God symbolizing the throne of God where He rules.
All three elements of the gifts become a visual in Jesus’ life. As we are called to look more and more like Jesus we should also make those gifts our own!
Is there spiritual gold in your life? Can people see that Jesus is our treasure and He rules as King in our lives? Can people see your HOPE?
Is our life full of spiritual frankincense? Do we send intercessory prayer wafting to the throne of God? Do we spread the scent of Christ? Do we have FAITH that our prayers are being answered?
Spiritual myrrh is all the forms of suffering in our lives. We don’t have to look for suffering for it is pervasive in all of our lives. Can we surrender our sufferings to Jesus? Will we willingly offer the broken pieces of our lives to Christ so He might pour out HIS LOVE in and through our lives to heal and restore us and others through your testimony?
How then do we give these gifts to Jesus? Follow the example of the wise men. Bow our knees Jesus, worship Him, surrender ourselves and thank Him for his sacrifice by:
- Surrendering our Gold which is all the things we have set our hearts on here on earth.
- Bringing our Frankincense by baring our most intimate wishes and desires before Him in prayer
- Laying down our Myrrh at his feet, by giving over all our suffering and pain.
I’ll leave you with this thought about gifts. In Isaiah 60:6, we see we receive a gift in return. We read that there were only two gifts taken to the honor of God, gold and the frankincense.. Is the bible making an error by excluding the myrrh? No, of course not! This is actually a vision of the New Jerusalem after Christ’s return. It is a peek into our future. A future with no myrrh! The suffering will pass! What a great gift we receive from Jesus. What a gift we can give back through our lives, until the time that He will return and the suffering will vanish!
Are you ready to give your gifts to Jesus?!
Points to Ponder:
- Do I have hope this Christmas season? He has plans for you to give you a HOPE and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- Have I lost my faith that there is something or someone out there looking out for me, praying for me unceasingly? Great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:21-23)
- Is it possible for someone to love me as broken as I am? You are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you! (Isaiah 43:4)
Are despairing this Christmas? Does without hope, bereft of faith, and unsure of whether someone loves you describe you? Take Heart! There is someone who can restore your hope, whom you can trust and have faith in and someone who loves you so deeply that you cannot even fathom it. Would you like to unwrap and freely receive the greatest gift of all? Click here to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ who came to save you,t o give you a hope and a future, to restore your faith and trust, and to lay his very life down to show you how extravagantly He loves you.
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