We just spent the last 3 weeks on the magi in our sermon series at church. The gifts by the magi to Jesus were fit for a King. The gold represented divinity and may have been able to finance the trip to Egypt of Jesus and His family. The frankincense with its beautiful fragrance was burned as a sweet offering to God. Myrrh was used both as an anointing oil and an embalming fluid perhaps a sign of the suffering Jesus would go through to be the sacrifice for our sin. Although the bible doesn’t really spend a lot of time describing this visit to Jesus by the wise men from the east just the descriptive language in this passage from Matthew gives us some idea of the importance of this visit.”They rejoiced with exceeding joy” – with anticipation for their visit. In total submission they fell down and worshiped Him. They adored Him and were devoted to Him. Oh Come Let Us Adore Him!! In this season when we remember His birth let us adore Him, submit to Him, devote our lives to Him and anticipate His coming again!!!
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:.