Matthew 2: 11 “after coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His Mother, and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
Matthew is the only one to write about the treasures that the wise men brought to give to the King , him being the tax collector and money guy it’s not real surprising He would include it. Isaiah the prophet also writes about it in 60:6 but he leaves out myrrh since he is writing about the second advent of Jesus. And there is some significance of these gifts, the gold is a symbol of His deity and His glory. The frankincense represents the purity of Jesus. And the myrrh represents the suffering He will endure for us.
It would seem from the verse, “then opening their treasures” that they had lots of choices, but chose the best items. The giving of the gifts, was part of their worship to Jesus.
Then I had to ask….. what are my treasures? And what treasures am I giving to the King.
In Matthew 6:19-21, and other places there is a bit more about treasures. ” Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Jesus teaches there is no security in earthly things, but what really matters is heavenly things. So if we are storing up treasures in heaven, guess what… that makes us the Treasurer of those treasures. Some of those treasures are going to be people, relationships with people… specifically those we have helped lead to The King. I LOVE the idea that we are the treasurer over that. It’s on us what treasure is there. And then, what treasurers are we giving to the King. All questions that each one of us has to answer on our own, no one can answer for us.
In this season of giving gifts, let us remember what the best gift of all is…. JESUS. Let’s not be sucked into the consumerist part of Christmas that bombards us at every turn, instead look for ways to give away Jesus, and give back our gifts worthy for a King.
Matthew 19:21 “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me”