Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Gifts not just for Christmas

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

A little boy was listening to his granddad read the story about the Wise Men giving gifts to Jesus, and said to him, “Gold, frankincense, and myrrh? I bet what he really wanted was a puppy.”

Well however much fun a puppy would have been, the gifts the Magi gave to Jesus were of considerable significance, and what’s more, they were gifts not just for Christmas.

1. Gold

‘…they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold…’ (Matthew 2:11)

The meaning in this gift is that Jesus is our King.

The gold in any land was in the keeping of the king, held in the king’s treasury. The taxes and revenues collected from people in the kingdom were put into the treasure house of the king.

The wise men weren’t bringing gifts just to a “good man,” but to royalty, the King of Kings and ruler over all the rulers on earth.

So don’t be confused. Jesus might look like a baby, but He is ‘KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS’ (Revelation 19:16)

2. Incense

‘…they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of… incense…’ (Matthew 2:11)

The meaning in this gift is that Jesus is our Priest.

Incense was used as an element of worship. It was lit and spread around the altar by the priests leading worship.

In Scripture incense represents the prayers of the people (Revelation 5:8), and we’re to pray in Jesus’ name (John 16:23–24).

Jesus is the only Mediator between the Father and us. He’s our High Priest who understands our afflictions, has experienced our temptations.

‘Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ (Hebrews 4:14–16)

So don’t let the busyness of your life keep you from praying, from “connecting” with the Father through praying in Jesus’ name.

3. Myrrh

‘…they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of…myrrh…’ (Matthew 2:11)

The meaning in this gift is that Jesus is our Sacrifice.

Myrrh was the embalming fluid of its day. This gift was a further confirmation of what Mary had heard Anna and Simeon say on the 8th day after Jesus’ birth, when they presented Jesus in the temple to be circumcised...that this Child was born to die. (Luke 2:25-38)

Out of God’s great love, Jesus died for us so that we could be forgiven.

‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8)

So don’t fail to see that the cradle is meaningless without a cross that followed.

There is tremendous meaning in these gifts, don’t only unpack them at Christmas.

Have a good week unwrapping the gifts given to Jesus.

Pastor Barry

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