Why Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh?
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#1 Nov 29, 2010
Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh
Reverend Anthony R. Locke
November 28th, 2010 www.FirstPresTucker.org
at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker
First Sunday of Advent with Baptismal Service
Matthew 2:9-11 English Standard Version
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
The Queen of Sheba came from afar to honor the most glorious King of Israel ever to reign. 1 Kings 10:2 says, She came to Jerusalem ... with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. The three kings in Matthew also came from afar and brought gifts that reveal an informed faith about the identity of Jesus and the path His life would take.
These treasures serve as an outward sign of an inward grace about the person of Jesus. These three gifts mark the Christ Child much like Baptism marks a child of God. The symbolism speaks about future realities that are already true because of the promises of God.
The three treasures marked the baby Jesus.
1. Jesus is a King and therefore gold is appropriate for those who wish to approach Him.
2. Jesus is a Priest and frankincense is central to His ministry and work.
3. Jesus is the Man of Sorrows. The bitterness of Myrrh speaks of His suffering as a man.
And these outward gifts mark Jesus for the life that He will live, but they also mark us.
God intends to infuse the life of the faithful with these same treasures.
If we fail to understand the glory that these three gifts represent, if we fail to give honor to the Lord, then (Matthew 12:42) The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
If we as the church are to be the crowning beauty of the Lord, then these three treasures must be true for our life just as they were true for Jesus.
First, gold must represent our life as it represented the life of Christ. How?
For Jesus, the gift of gold identified His as the King. By adoption we also are children of the heavenly Father. We are qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
We are not children frantically trying to earn our daddy’s favor.
Galatians 4:6-7 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying,“Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
By faith we should be constantly aware of our heavenly nobility as children of the King.
The lives of God’s children are filled with golden references from the scriptures.
The gold represents our life when we live within the family distinctives. Lots of parents remind their teenagers walking out the front door with this phrase,“remember whose you are.” We too must build the foundation of our life (1 Corinthians 3:12-14) with gold, silver, precious stones and not the wood, hay, and straw of this world.
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