Light the World

Have you ever thought about the gifts that the wise men brought as gifts to the Savior?

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 ¶ And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and afrankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 2:9-11

There’s a lot of symbolism in the scriptures…

What does the gold represent?

Gold is a gift fit for a King. Gold represents his royal parentage as the Son of God. He is only begotten son of God, our Heavenly Father, in the flesh. He was chosen by our Heavenly Father to be our Savior.

What does the frankincense represent?

In the Old Testament, Frankincense was used in temple worship by ancient Israel:

  • It was used in a perfume in the sanctuary (Exodus 30:34)
  • It was used with burnt offerings and peace offerings (Leviticus 2:1)
  • It was used along with the shewbread in the outer tabernacle and was burned as a memorial before the presence of the Lord (Leviticus 24:7)

Frankincense was burned by those who held the priesthood. It was also used in connection with sacrifice. Frankincense represents Jesus Christ’s royal priesthood and his sacrifice to save mankind.

¶ Surely he hath aborne our bgriefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was awounded for our btransgressionshe was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his cstripes we are dhealed.

All we like asheep have gone bastray; we have turned every one to his cown way; and the Lord hath laid on him the diniquity of us all.

He was aoppressed, and he was bafflicted, yet he copened not his mouth: he is brought as a dlamb to the eslaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his ageneration? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the btransgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the awicked, and with the rich in his bdeathcbecause he had done no dviolence, neither was any edeceit in his mouth.

10 ¶ Yet it pleased the Lord to abruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an boffering for sin, he shall see his cseed, he shall prolong his days, and the dpleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his aknowledge shall my righteous bservant cjustify many; for he shall dbear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53-4-11

What does the Myrrh represent?

Ancient Israel used myrrh in temple worship as a holy anointing oil for consecrating kings, priests, and the tabernacle (Exodus 30:23-25).

Myrrh represents Jesus Christ’s Atonement for the sins of the world.

Note the following from

Myrrh (/mɜːr/; from Aramaic, but see § Etymology) is a natural gum or resin extracted from a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora.[1] Myrrh resin has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense, and medicine. Myrrh mixed with wine can also be ingested .

When a tree’s wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree secretes a resin. Myrrh gum, like frankincense, is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum.

Note what it says:

When a tree’s wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree secretes a resin. Myrrh gum, like frankincense, is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum.

Note the usages of myrrh as a medicine:

It is also used in some liniments and healing salves that may be applied to abrasions and other minor skin ailments. Myrrh has been used as an analgesic for toothaches and can be used in liniment for bruises, aches, and sprains.[8]

In other words, myrrh is a resin that bleeds from a tree that heals.

Likewise, Christ bled and died on a tree (cross):

41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, aremove this cup from me: nevertheless not my bwill, but thine, be done.

43 And there appeared an aangel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

44 And being in an aagony he prayed more earnestly: band his sweat was as it were great drops of cblood falling down to the ground.

Luke 22:41-44

And, relating to the crucifixion…

30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and ahanged on a tree.

31 Him hath God exalted awith his right hand to be a bPrince and a cSaviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and dforgiveness of sins.

32 And we are his awitnesses of these things; and so is also the bHoly Ghost, whom God hath cgiven to them that obey him.

And, in Peter’s words…

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also asuffered for us, leaving us an bexample, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no asin, neither was bguile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was areviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but bcommitted himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self abare our bsins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose cstripes ye were healed.

Peter 2:21-24

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