Emanna for 02/12/2020

Gifts from the Magi (1)

Bible Verses

Matt 2:11 And they came into the house and saw the child with Mary His mother. And falling down, they worshipped Him; and opening their treasures, they offered gifts to Him, gold and frankincense and myrrh. John 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live.

Words of Ministry

[Part 1 of 2]
The magi not only found Christ; they also worshipped Him. Among the Israelites, no one was allowed to receive worship from others. That was considered an insult to God, a blasphemy against Him. According to them, only God was worthy of people's worship. But the wise men worshipped a child, and that child was God. Isaiah 9:6 says, "Unto us a child is born...and his name shall be called...The mighty God." The child found by the magi was called the mighty God. The wise men worshipped Him, and they offered to Him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We need to know the meaning of the gold, the frankincense, and the myrrh. In the typology of the Bible, gold signifies the divine nature. This indicates that the child Jesus had the divine nature. He was divine. Frankincense signifies the fragrance of resurrection. According to our naturally religious mentality, the resurrection of Jesus came only after His death. However, before He died, Jesus told Mary and Martha that He was the resurrection and the life. Thus, even before He died, He was the resurrection. The record in Luke 2 reveals that the child was an extraordinary child. He was a unique child because He was a child in resurrection. In His entire human life and living there was the fragrance, the sweetness of resurrection. Death could not hold Him or even touch Him. Not only was He the life--He was resurrection.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, 1986, pp. 84-85. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 1/23/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.