What Will You Bring to Christ Our Lord?

In The Pastor's Blog on December 14, 2008 at 8:16 AM

GOLD: When the kings from the east made their long journey to that lowly stable in Bethlehem, what do you suppose they saw? I believe it was God Himself who guided those men to where the baby Jesus laid wrapped in swaddling clothes. It wasn’t an accident that led them there, no, it was for a divine purpose. We can learn many valuable lessons in the gifts brought to Jesus that glorious night. What did they see?

We can also see Him as King, Priest and Prophet.

  • Perhaps they saw Him in the Temple. All the furniture was overlaid with gold. The candlestick and mercy seat were made of pure gold. The Temple is where God dwelt among His people; it was where His presence could be seen by all.

  • Perhaps they saw Him on the streets of gold in New Jerusalem.

  • Perhaps they saw Him wearing a crown of gold.

  • Perhaps they heard Him speak words befitting the glimmer and majest of gold.

Rev 14:14 “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.”

Exo 35:5-9 “Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass, {6} And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, {7} And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood, {8} And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense, {9} And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate.”

Do you want to know what the Lord is looking for? It is a willing heart in each one of us. He is searching for that person or people who are willing to give of themselves for the cause of Christ. The more we cling to what should be the Lord’s, the more we will ultimately suffer loss. God doesn’t need your stuff to survive or prosper; the truth of the matter is we need to give in order to please the Lord in our lives.

Gold speaks of royalty and when Jesus is seen in all His glory and majesty, there will be plenty of gold on Him. Kings and queens throughout the ages have been adorned with much fine gold, and our nation uses gold to back our monetary system. Gold has been used in crafting some of the finer things in our lives, and one day we will walk on streets of gold.

Gold speaks of provision. After the wise men left, Joseph was warned by an angel in a dream to take Mary and the young child to Egypt to be safe from Herod. It takes money to live in a foreign country and God provided for that little family in a land that was not their own. God will provide for you in your hour of need if you will but trust in Him.

*****Here is a picture of Jesus as the King.

FRANKINCENSE: Exo 30:34-38. This is the most important of the aromatic gums and is regarded in itself as a precious perfume. Pure refers to free flowing and liberal giving forth of its odors. Jesus freely gave Himself for all mankind.

From Wikipedia:

Frankincense is tapped from the very scraggly but hardy Boswellia tree through scraping the bark and allowing the exuded resins to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears. There are numerous species and varieties of frankincense trees, each producing a slightly different type of resin. Differences in soil and climate create even more diversity in the resin, even within the same species.

These trees are also considered unusual for their ability to grow in environments so unforgiving that the trees sometimes seem to grow directly out of solid rock. The deep roots prevent the tree from being torn away from the stone during the violent storms that frequent this region; the tears from these hardy survivors are considered superior due to their more fragrant aroma. The aroma from these tears are more valuable for their presumed healing abilities and are also said to have superior qualities for religious ritual.”

Eph 5:2 “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

Heb 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. {11} And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: {12} But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; {13} From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. {14} For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Lev 2:1-2 “And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: {2} And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD:”

This precious gift given by the wise men was prophetic of the office Jesus would take as the great High Priest of our faith. Frankincense would have been used by the high priest in making offerings to the Lord. Jesus is the great high priest who can be touched by the feelings of our infirmities. It is frankincense that is used in preparation of sweet smelling incense used in offerings to the Lord.

*****Here is a picture of Jesus as the Priest.

MYRRH: a gum from a low, thorny, ragged tree from Arabia & East Africa, and used in the preparation of anointing oil. Perhaps they saw Him as the Anointed One that should come.

The wise men also brought myrrh, which spoke of the bitter cup Jesus would have to endure. Myrrh was used in embalming and also in compounding the holy anointing oil. Not only was Jesus anointed to do miracles, he was offered as the supreme sacrifice for all mankind.

From Wikepedia:

High quality myrrh can be identified through the darkness and clarity of the resin. However, the best method of judging the resin’s quality is by feeling the stickiness of freshly broken fragments directly to determine the fragrant-oil content of the myrrh resin. The scent of raw myrrh resin and its essential oil is sharp, pleasant, somewhat bitter and can be roughly described as being “stereotypically resinous”. When burned, it produces a smoke that is heavy, bitter and somewhat phenolic in scent, which may be tinged with a slight vanillic sweetness. Unlike most other resins, myrrh expands and “blooms” when burned instead of melting or liquefying.

The scent can also be used in mixtures of incense, to provide an earthy element to the overall smell, and as an additive to wine, a practice alluded to by ancient authorities such as Fabius Dorsennus. It is also used in various perfumes, toothpastes, lotions, and other modern toiletries.

Myrrh was used as an embalming ointment and was used, up until about the 15th century, as a penitential incense in funerals and cremations. The “holy oil” traditionally used by the Eastern Orthodox Church for performing the sacraments of chrismation and unction is traditionally scented with myrrh, and receiving either of these sacraments is commonly referred to as “receiving the Myrrh“.

Exo 30:23-29 “Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, {24} And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: {25} And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. {26} And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, {27} And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, {28} And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. {29} And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.”

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, {19} To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

***** Here is a picture of Jesus as the Prophet of God, anointed to speak bitter things, as well as sweet.

What gifts have you brought Him?

  1. “What can I give him,

    Poor as I am?

    If I were a shepherd,

    I would bring a lamb;

    If I were a wise man,

    I would do my part;

    Yet what I can I give him—

    Give my heart.”

    -poem by Christina Rossetti

    • Thanks, e.b., for that poem. I preached this message Sunday morning, and the point is for us to think about what we can and will give the Lord. Of course, you can never write everything down in advance; I can’t, anyway. In reality, what the Lord wants is for us to give Him us. If we could ever get to that place in our lives, I believe we’d be a lot better off.

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