11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Matthew 2:11-12)
Although we are unsure of the timescale there are a few things of note in these verses. Firstly, it appears that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were now in a house, rather than an outbuilding of some sort. It would therefore seem unlikely that Jesus was still laid in a manger, like we often imagine. Secondly, Jesus is now referred to as a child rather than a baby. This suggests that the timescale of when the Magi arrived is larger than many assume. The other thing of note is that we are informed that the Magi had been warned in a dream, presumably by an angel, not to go back to Herod as he had requested. They therefore took another route home.
So, Christmas Day is over for us now. Sure, the festivities might be spread over other days this week. We might also be preparing to celebrate the New Year.
What, if anything, did you get for Christmas? I received a lovely cardigan, a voucher, and a DVD.
But, what did He get? Obviously, these gifts were not for Christmas! We’re not even sure that they were birthday presents. These gifts from the Magi seem to have been given as acts of worship. We don’t know for sure why these gifts were chosen for Jesus. We do have some historical knowledge and we gather that these gifts were commonly given to kings. However, I believe, alongside others, that these gifts also had a prophetic undertone. It seems that gold represents His kingship, frankincense represents His priestly role, and myrrh represents his death and burial. But, what do you think?
This is part 26 of 31 daily reflections for December 2017.
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