Matthew 2:1-3, 9-11
during the time of King Herod,
Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked,
“Where is the One Who has been born King of the Jews?
We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
(As these Magi sought after the One and Only,
let’s begin our own journey to seek the King Who is the Savior in our lives.
We are all deeply in need of Christ’s saving grace and forgiveness.)
The star they had seen in the east went ahead of them
until it stopped over the place where the Child was.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
(As we seek Him, God always shows us the way to find Him.
He will always provide signposts for us so that we can find Him,
and He has promised He will not be hard to find.)
On coming to the house,
(By this time, Mary and Joseph had moved from the place of Jesus' birth
to another location, although it is not known where.)
they saw the Child with His mother Mary
and they bowed down and worshiped Him.
(In the same way, our only action and response
upon coming into the presence of the Lord
is to bow before Him in joyful, reverent worship!)
They opened their treasures and presented Him
with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
(The gifts are symbolic, with gold representing
the great value and royalty of this new-born King.
Frankincense, accompanying the priests' sacrificial offerings,
symbolic of the sacrificial fragrance of the sin sacrifice
and the prayers accompanying such offerings,
both of which are pleasing to the Lord,
represents the deity of this new-born King.
Myrrh, used in burial ceremonies, represents the later death of the Savior.
The Magi's gifts foreshadow Jesus' family's need for funds
that the gold would provide them
so they could leave the land and relocate to safety in Egypt.
The frankincense reflects on Jesus' later sacrificial death
that would be an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice to the Lord for mankind's sin,
and the myrrh, the spice used for burial purposes, is symbolic of Jesus' sufferings.
Like the Magi, let us bring our most prized treasure to Jesus today.
The most priceless treasure we can give to the Lord is to bring to Him our lives,
a far more highly prized gift than even gold or expensive spices.
He gave Himself and now asks for nothing less from us.
As we prepare for the New Year opening before us,
our greatest gift to the Christ is to give ourselves and nothing less,
a gift that is of priceless value, a gift that is a sweet-smelling sacrifice to the Lord,
and a gift that speaks of our death to self and our dedication to the Lord.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!In Christ's love,
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