Saturday, December 24th, 2011
Birthday Gifts For Jesus: Myrrh
And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
John 19:39 (NKJV)
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11 (NKJV)
In Jesus' time, myrrh was used as an embalming oil. It was bitter, but precious, and worth seven times its weight in gold. Myrrh was the last of the three treasures presented by the Wise Men to the Holy Child.
Myrrh symbolizes the bitterness of the earth, the suffering of the cross, but even more--the preservation of the legacy of Christ: His immortality and subsequently, our own. For we are 'Those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ' (Jude 1:1).
Myrrh reminds us that 'The Lord preserves all who love Him' (Psalm 145:20). Consider His famous words: 'Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it' (Luke 17:33).
In the context of actors, models, and talent for Christ, it's about priorities, risk, and return.
If God is our priority, we must take a risk with the talents He gave us (see Matthew 25:14-30). We must invest and multiply our talents for His purposes. When we are willing to walk without the world's safety net, Jesus gives us His Own. Our return? Immeasurable.
We give myrrh to King Jesus by preserving His legacy. Then through us, He works to preserve others.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Birthday Gifts For Jesus series.