Merry Christmas everyone! In this busy time, I hope we will not become so caught up in the Christmas season that we forget to remember the true meaning of this precious holiday-the Birth of Jesus Christ, born in a manger all those years ago to save us from sin.
The gifts brought to Christ by the Magi amazes me. They traveled from a far off land to come and worship this baby in a lowly manger.
Gold, Frankincense, and myrrh were the usual items presented to royalty on the birth of kings or deity in the ancient world. But this was simply a baby born in a lowly manger in the city of Bethlehem because there was no room for the family in the inn. Why did Baby Jesus merit such gifts?
You will have to come to your own conclusion through research. On my part, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah that the Jewish people have been looking for. As the Holy Son of God, of course, his birth would be celebrated, but why in secrecy?
King Herod had commanded all the baby boys, two years of age and younger, murdered because old prophesies told of a coming king who would be a threat to Herod's rule. You can find this story in the book of Matthew, in the Holy Bible.
Gold was, of course, a precious metal, frankincense was used as a perfume or incense, and myrrh was used as an anointing oil and embalming fluid.
Jesus was not the first nor the last to be presented these gifts in reverence.
However, the difference between Jesus and other kings or deity receiving these gifts was that each of these gifts given to Christ foretold of His future.
For example, Gold represented his kingship, Frankincense symbolized his priestly role, and Myrrh represents his future death and embalming.
So, though I love Santa Claus and the wonderful fun he brings to this season, I challenge you to research the birth of Christ and delve deeper into what I believe is the True Meaning of Christmas.
By the way, I challenge you also to conduct research on Saint Nick. You might be surprised to see that even he was a follower of Christ and, in fact, a priest. He certainly was a legend in his own right and quite an interesting character in history. However, even St. Nick's history was based on his own belief in Jesus Christ. I, in fact, have written a script about St. Nick and am preparing to sell it on Amazon.
In regards to the precious oils of Frankincense and Myrrh, if you are interested in them, please check my Essential Oils Website out where you can learn more about the precious oils and others like it that can be and have been used for medicinal purposes, for many years, even before the time of Christ.
In closing, I want to say Merry Christmas to you and your family and I pray you have a prosperous, safe New Year. God bless you all~ Author Lisa Vandiver