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The Gifts to the King of Kings

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INTRO:
Play NYE video
Recap last week
birth of Christ
good news proclaimed to the world
Message proclaimed to the shepherds
Message proclaimed to us, a Savior has been born
This week:
The gifts given to Jesus

The Gifts of the Wise Men

Matthew 2:
Matthew 2:11 ESV
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.
What is the significance of these gifts?
Matthew lists them for a reason
not random
Gold:
Wealth
Power
Royalty
not common to everyone
High amount of respect
Basis for currency in numerous cultures
shiny and appealing to the eye
Frankincense:
Perfume scent
used as a pleasing aroma
Sweet citrusy aroma
used as deodorant, toothpaste, and drink flavorings
used in embalming
Myrrh:
medicinal purposes
piney bitter scent
used as a pain reliving agent
Why do these gifts matter?

Understanding the Gifts

Gold-
Psalm 72:16 ESV
16 May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field!
Psalm 72
Isaiah 60:6 ESV
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.
Represent Christ’s royalty
pagan wise men came to worship this king
something different about Him
Frankincense:
Peace brought to man
sweet aroma given off
warm and welcoming
fragrance used in the deceased
Myrrh:
mixed with
Mark 15:23 ESV
23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
Matthew 27:34 ESV
34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.
Used as an antiseptic
meant to numb or dull out the pain that they were enduring
John 19:39 ESV
39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight.
used as an embalming agent
Christ received Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh as His Christmas gifts
His royalty and majesty
the sweet fragrance He would bring to the world
bringing preservation to the dead
hope for the lost
Myrrh the representation of His death and suffering in order that mankind could be reunited to God.

The Gifts a Prophecy

Hebrews 2:9 ESV
9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Hebrews 2:
Hebrews 2:17–18 ESV
17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Gold:
Speaking of Solomon
incomplete
Non-perfect king
shadow of the King of Kings
Psalm 72:15–17 ESV
15 Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day! 16 May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field! 17 May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!
Psalm 72:15-
Frankincense:
Ephesians 5:2 ESV
2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Myrrh:
Mark 16:1–3 ESV
1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”
Mark 16:1-
All 3 gifts give testament to who Jesus is, and what He came to do
Jesus offers you a gift
1 John 4:9–10 ESV
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
The hope of salvation
The forgiveness of sins
brought from death to life
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