The Gift Of Myrrh

The Gift Of Myrrh

The wise men came to Bethlehem,
Came to worship the young Child;
They brought their gifts to offer Him –
Jesus, the Saviour, so meek and mild.

Each of the treasures the wise men gave
Told of great riches they had in store;
Though worth much to this poor family,
What they symbolized was so much more.

The wise men brought to Him their gold –
Oh what a precious offering.
A fitting tribute for this Child
Who was born the King of kings.

They also gave Him frankincense –
These wise men from the East;
For many Scriptures testified:
The Son of God would be our High Priest.

The greatest gift they gave to Jesus,
More important than all the rest,
Was the gift of myrrh they offered Him,
Signifying His coming death.

For not the blood of bulls and goats,
Nor our righteous works could ever wash away
The stain of sin of fallen man –
Forgiveness couldn’t come that way.

The King of kings came from on high,
The Priest who would be our Sacrifice;
The Son of Man which came to die,
Only He could bear that costly price.

Jesus is that spotless Lamb of God
Who fulfilled all of the Laws demands;
Only He could pay redemption’s price,
And bring salvation down to man.

December 17, 2023
Jerry Bouey

Though there are various aspects to the “Christmas story”, and this poem is based on the meaning behind the gifts of the wise men (their story is told in Matthew 2:1-13), here is the message about the coming Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, as told to the shepherds on the night He was born as a Baby in a manger. Sometime around the age of two years old, the wise men came to the Child in the house where He as living in Bethlehem. As the account of His life unfolded, He lived and grew up in Nazareth until He became a Man. He was thirty years old when He began His public ministry. But to be our Saviour, the Son of God not only had to be one of us and grow up among us, Jesus Christ had to shed His blood and die upon the cross one day for our sins. He did that, fulfilling by Himself all that was needed to save us, and then He arose again three days later and ascended up to Heaven, where He is now the believer’s High Priest, petitioning the Father on our behalf until the day He takes true believers home to Heaven to be with Him forever. That is the story of Christmas, and the story of the Bible!

Luke 2:8-14 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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