Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Birthday Gifts For Jesus: Frankincense
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:15 (NKJV)
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11 (NKJV)
Frankincense 'was one of the ingredients in the perfume of the sanctuary. When burnt it emitted a fragrant odour, and hence the incense became a symbol of the Divine Name' (Easton's Bible Dictionary).
Therefore, the Wise Men's gift of frankincense to the Child recognizes Jesus' divinity.
Since most of us don't burn incense in church today, much less frankincense from the Middle East, how can we present this gift to the King on His birthday?
'And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' ' (Matthew 25:40). We are to tend His sheep. (see John 21:15-18).
We are His disciples and ambassadors. We are 'the fragrance of Christ' sent as a breath of fresh air into a polluted world. Actors, models, and talent for Christ bring life to every audition, set, cast, or show.
When we walk into the world of entertainment, we are like the woman who walked into the Pharisee's house with 'An alabaster flask of fragrant oil' (Luke 7:37). When we break open the gift of talent within us, beauty is released. The Holy Spirit is released.
Such a gift surely pleases the King.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Birthday Gifts For Jesus series.