RIVER KING PROPHETS
And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matt. 2:11)
These men had come prepared to worship, and they had brought gifts worthy of a king. But these gifts, these prophetic gifts, spoke about the days to come in this special infant king’s life. The first gift was gold, the royal gift that spoke of the kingdom of this unusual king. “Are you a king?” The words were strangely familiar…the words of Pilate 33 years later. Yes, He was a king but His kingdom was not of this world. Kings are not born in mangers. They are born in palaces, unless their kingdom is not of this world. This special gift spoke of the coming eternal kingdom of this infant king. He has made us kings and priests, but our kingdom, like His, is not of this world.
The second gift was opened—frankincense. This was another gift of prophecy speaking about the heavenly ministry of this precious Savior. Incense speaks of the work of priests—it speaks of prayer and worship. Of course, this is the heavenly priesthood of Jesus. Today Jesus is our heavenly priest and He represents the human race before the Father in His priestly ministry of intercession.
Finally, the last gift was opened. Joseph looked at Mary as she hugged her child closer to her breast…in her heart she knew the secret meaning of this gift of myrrh. This was a gift of spices to anoint this child for His burial. From the day He was born, He was not far from the cross. As the wise men slipped away to head for home, mixed feelings filled their hearts. They returned home another way to avoid Herod, but everyone there that day knew what the future held. The Word had been given, the prophets had spoken. “God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have eternal life.”
Today, these gifts from the wise men are still speaking to us. Have you received Jesus and His heavenly kingdom or are you still stuck in the kingdom of this world? Have you tasted the fellowship that comes to you from the Father as you enjoy the intimacy this heavenly priest has made available to all of us? Finally, have you stood with these wise men, gazing at the child in Mary’s arms knowing He came to die—He came to die for you? Embrace His love today…after all, He has loved you from eternity!