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Gifts from Kings

Gold CoinsThere is a prophecy in the Psalm 72.10,11 that Kings would worship the Messiah. "The kings of Tarshish and of the distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts. All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him."

Gold for a King

They naturally went to the ruler of that area, King Herod the Great (BC 73 -4), a cruel and despotic leader who later in a search for the new king of the Jews ordered the massacre of the innocents that is all the male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem. The Wise Men, so called, asked him where the new monarch was to be born so that they could present gifts to him. Gold was the most valuable metal and highly prized even by rulers. It was an appropriate gift for Jesus as the King of Kings.

Frankincense for a God

FrankincenseNot many great men or women in history could claim to have a star to herald their birth. Isaiah foresaw the star on the occasion of Jesus' birth. He wrote in Isaiah 60.3, "Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn." In those days, several luminary objects were spotted in the sky. In 7 B.C., there was a conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Chinese astronomers reported a bright star which melted away in 4 B.C. and Halley's comet passed over that region in 11 B.C. For such a gigantic event in history, God marked it with a firework show of His own! The gift of frankincense proclaimed that God was being worshipped here in Jesus with a heavenly sign as much as in the Old Testament Temple. It was one of the special and appropriate gifts for Jesus our God.

"Jesus Christmas Gifts"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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