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MyrrhOn two occasions in the life of Jesus was important. Myrrh was the resin from a small thorny tree and has been used throughout history as a perfume, fragrant incense and as a medicine. In Matthew 26.6-13, this pleasant smelling anointing oil was poured on Jesus' head by a woman at the house of Simon in Bethany. "While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. 'Why this waste?' they asked. 'This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.' Aware of this, Jesus said to them, 'Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her." It is interesting that Jesus referred back to a passage concerning the poor in Deuteronomy 15.11 which says, "There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land." Jesus astonished the disciples by explaining the reason why the woman anointed him in Matthew 26.12 by saying, "When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial."


During his crucifixion, the soldiers offered Jesus wine mixed with myrrh but he refused it. In Mark 15.23 we read, "Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it." Myrrh was not appropriate for Jesus until his body was being prepared for burial. The Christmas carol, "In the Bleak Midwinter" was written by Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1894) who was a very happy child in London and enjoyed Madam Tussauds Waxworks, the London Zoo, and Regents Park. She explained in her poem what was the greatest Christmas gift she could offer to Jesus. "What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a wise man, I would do my part; yet what I can give him, give my heart." The most valuable gift of all for Jesus is to give him our hearts! The kings brought Jesus three Christmas gifts, but we can give him our heart!

"Christmas Gifts Jesus"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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