Thursday, December 18, 2014

What Did They Know?

           Why did the wise men bring Myrrh? Gold and frankincense were for a king, but Myrrh? What did they know?
           Myrrh was precious – more valuable than gold itself. But, this gift spoke of death. What did they know?

           Myrrh seeps from the cut in a small tree. The branch is wounded, and sap oozes out in tear-shaped droplets. The Myrrh is not sweet and fragrant, but bitter. It represents suffering and sorrow. It was used for embalming dead bodies. Why bring a bitter, embalming liquid to a newborn king? What did they know?

           These wise men watched the skies and followed His star to Jerusalem. Did they see the virgin holding a baby in the heavens? Could they read the stars and see the truth? Did they understand God’s salvation for mankind?

          “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

           They brought Myrrh. Do you know what the wise men knew?

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