The stage was set. All the promises of old were being fulfilled by God. The Messiah was here! His mother cradled the tiny infant in her loving arms as stepdad, Joseph looked over her shoulder. Shepherds wondered at the sight of this little boy who would bring deliverance to the weary, sin filled world. An angel spreads his wings and above the entire scene we see a star of brilliance shining down on the cast of characters; but this is no ordinary story and it certainly isn’t the end. There would be more characters in this scenario. Men of science and astrology from the East would follow the Bethlehem star, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They had heard about the promised Messiah. Through all their studying, the alignment of the stars and one star in particular.
The gold would represent a gift normally intended for someone of royal birth. Gold was the most precious of commodities in those days. They also bought Frankincense. This fragrant spice was usually used in the temple as a form of worship. This would indicate that this was no ordinary king. Jesus was also God and deserved to be worshiped as such. The final gift was myrrh. Again, there was a reason behind this special present. It was often used in the process of burial. Jesus mission in coming to earth as a human fulfilled all of the reasons for the gifts they laid before him. By living among us, by dying for us and by coming back to life and reigning again in heaven, we have the promise of eternal life.
The little town of Bethlehem was bustling with people from all over the empire. The shepherds went and spread the word. The timing couldn’t have been better. It occurred again when that child would grow into a man and carry a heavy cross to Calvary; another point in history when people were gathered from all over to celebrate the Passover. God’s timeline is always perfect. He knows what He’s doing. By allowing for a large assembly of people, He was causing His truth to spread. Our world today faces so many problems and yet it is the right time for God’s truth to be made known.
Give us the right words, Lord, to share the truth with all who need your love today. You have already laid out the plan for the world. It is a perfect plan that will bring eternal peace to all mankind. Help us to use our talents, gifts and voices to share this wonderful news with others. In the name of your precious Son, Jesus we pray. Amen!