. . . They Brought to Him Gifts . . .

Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico and Fili...

Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi

The first recorded baby shower in the world, perhaps, was when the Magi brought to Joseph and Mary, and their new baby, Jesus, three amazing gifts from their traveling treasure chests.

Gold

What? No gift card for Baby Gap? No.

Gold.

  • Gold cannot be canceled and is the standard for all worth. Just as Jesus is.
  • Gold never tarnishes, never rusts, never becomes corrupt in any way. Again, like Jesus.
  • Gold is the decoration of kings, the drapery of kings, a symbol of kings. Which is what Jesus is: King of Kings.

Frankincense

No Lysol Spray? No.

Something much nicer and much more meaningful.

  • The aged sap of the boswelia bush, obtained by beating and cutting it, frankincense was considered as precious as gold. Okay, so Jesus is more precious.
  • Frankincense was both appealing and purifying. As is Jesus.
  • Priests burned frankincense to mingle with prayer. Jesus is our High Priest and ever lives to pray for us.

Myrrh

No Mennen’s?

No. Something much more foretelling.

  • Myrrh was a valuable resource from the Middle East, a fitting gift for such an extraordinary birth as Jesus’.
  • Myrrh was a healer and lifted pain. It was offered to Jesus in a drink during His crucifixion.
  • Myrrh speaks of death and was combined with aloes inside Jesus’ burial shroud.
  • It’s bitter properties also foretold the rejection Jesus would face.

How could these three wise men have known their gifts were perfect?

Probably the same way they knew when and where to find the Babe.

They paid attention to the things of God.

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9 thoughts on “. . . They Brought to Him Gifts . . .

  1. iamnotshe says:

    I wish my Christmas gifts could be so perfect! I stress so much over gifts! 😉

    Thanks for keeping Christmas where it’s supposed to be … about the birth. I’ll try to follow along. xoxo m

    • katharinetrauger says:

      You know, Melissa, I wish my gifts could be so perfect, too. Sometimes I hit it, though. I have a great idea for this year, for all the children I give gifts to–puzzles made of their artistic auntie’s art. They will love it, I know, and it will become a keepsake, eventually. I am so excited about that. 🙂
      The birth of Christ, yes, that is where we should focus, truly.

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