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Jan 1st, 2021
Christmas According to Cranky Old Men: Wise Men
By: Greg Chandler
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1 Peter 3:18 That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God. (MSG)

Along with gold and frankincense, the final gift presented to Jesus could have seemed odd, if not offensive. In the time of Jesus, Myrrh was used as an embalming element. Imagine going to a baby shower today and giving someone a gift certificate to a funeral home for the child’s future death. We’re not sure what the wise man would have known, if anything, about Jesus’ future, but the gift was appropriate for the One who would one day die for all mankind.

This week we’ve been looking at the gifts the magi, or wise men, gave to Jesus when He was a young child. We’ve seen that these expensive gifts provided needed resources for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. But far more than that, the gifts prophetically painted a picture of Jesus’ identity and purpose.

The wise men have shown us what we, too, can offer Jesus. The invitation is for us to symbolically bring Jesus gold by enthroning Him as King in our hearts and humbly submitting to His Lordship. We can bring Him frankincense by praying to Jesus the High Priest knowing He is faithful to hear and respond. We can bring Him Myrrh which not only reminds us of His death for our sins, but our need to die daily to our sins and selfish desires.

Of the three gifts, which one resonates with you today? Jesus eagerly awaits your visit and gift.

Hebrews 10:19–21 (MSG) says So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. You can approach His throne with confidence. And there’s no need for your gifts to be beautifully wrapped. He already knows what you have to offer and will respond with joyful love.