And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:9-11
We know the story well. Wise men came from the east to worship the newborn child, and give gifts to the one they believed was the king of the Jews. They did not come to worship Mary, but to bow low before the child in her arms. They did not come to honor a father, but to lay their gifts before a newborn son. These were the very best gifts their country afforded. Gold representing kingship, frankincense- the holy oil of worship- representing the presence of God among us, and myrrh-a fragrant oil used in the embalming of the dead- representing Christ’s future death and sacrifice. These were gifts fit for a king, given as an act of worship.
Like the wise men, let’s bow low before King Jesus, expressing our adoration to the one who left heaven’s courts to make himself known to us. He’s our Emmanuel—God with us—and He alone is worthy of our worship.
Our God Hears,