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Pour This Perfume Myrrh 40

Get Ready for Burial

MyrrhOn two occasions in the life of Jesus, myrrh which was the resin from a small thorny tree was important. Myrrh has been employed throughout history as a perfume, incense and 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 to 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 refered back to a passage concerning the poor from 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 for the woman anointing him in Matthew 26.12, saying, "What she did was to pour this perfume on my body to get me ready for burial."

Myrrh for a Death

Before his crucifixion, the soldiers tried to give Jesus wine mixed with myrrh, but Jesus refused it in Mark 15.23, "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. What is the significance of Jesus Gifts for you? The three kings brought Jesus three Christmas gifts, but what can you offer Him? The Christmas carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" was written by Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1894 AD) who was a very happy child in London and enjoyed Madam Tussauds Waxworks, the London Zoo and Regents Park. She explains what is the greatest Christmas gift we can 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." We agree the most valuable gift of all for Jesus is our love.✞

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

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