June 6 is the 12th day of Christmas AND Epiphany, a holy day, which celebrates the visit of wise men to Jesus. They brought gifts of Gold, for a King, Frankincense for a Priest, and Myrrh for a Savior.
Gold is precious across all nations and cultures. Frankincense is a sap from the boswella tree and is known for its calming, restorative and meditative properties. Ancient people burned frankincense and believed it carried their prayers to Heaven. Myrrh is resin produced by a small, tough, scraggly tree, which grows in semi-desert regions along the Red Sea. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and healing agents. Following Jesus' death on the cross, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus anointed Jesus' body with myrrh for burial.
The wise men lavished these precious gifts on Jesus before He was a man. How did they know He would be a King, Priest and Savior?
Think About It
Wise men still seek Jesus and they will not be disappointed. The Bible says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). What gift should you bring? God does not need gifts or sacrifices except a broken and contrite heart. If you will humble yourselves before God, He will lavish His gifts on you, gifts to accomplish His purposes. He can use the ashes of your past as well as your abilities to further His kingdom. It does not make sense to us. It is a mystery.
Pray About It
Heavenly Father, let Jesus be born in us that we might inherit the Kingdom you have prepared for us. We do not yet understand how all this works, but accept it by faith in the promises in your word. Teach us how to be more like Jesus. In His name, Amen.