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The Three Gifts

on December 16, 2013

the three giftsThe Three Gifts

Memory Verse:  Matthew 2:2

Life Application:  Wise men will seek Jesus.

 

Bible Text

Matthew 2:1-11

Psalm 10:16

Matthew 2:1-2

Revelation 19:16

Psalm 10:16

Matthew 2:1-2

Revelation 19:16

Hebrews 9:11

Hebrews 9:24-25

Matthew 27:51

Hebrews 4:14-16

John 14:6

John 8:38

Luke 24:19

John 6:14

Luke 4: 24

John 8:40

Revelation 19:16

 

Wise Men Seek Jesus

Matthew 2:1-11  NKJV     “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophets. ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.’ When they heard the king they departed’ and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

         When Jesus was born some wise men from Persia saw a certain star and they knew that a king had been born. They set out to find him so that they could worship him and give unto him gifts. They followed the star until it led them to the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus lived. Upon entering the house the wise men saw Jesus sitting on his mother’s lap. By this time Jesus was almost two years old. The wise men immediately fell down on their knees and worshipped Jesus, the King. They gave Him three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

Jesus Is Our King

Gold is a shiny, bright metal, precious metallic element which resists rust and chemical changes. Gold has always been a metal of great value and something very precious. Throughout the Bible gold represents deity and kingship. A king ruled and reigned over a territory. A king had the right and the power to rule as he chose.

The gold that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. Jesus was and is the King of Kings. He has a right to rule over us, and in the future He will rule as King over all people.

Psalm 10:16  NKJV     “The Lord is King forever and ever;

The nations have perished out of His land”

         The Lord is King and that will never change. Nations will rise and fall, but the Lord will continue to be the true King throughout eternity.

Matthew 2:1-2  NKJV     “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ ”

         Some time after Jesus was born the wise men (astrologers) from the East asked king Herod where they could find the King of the Jews (Jesus). They told king Herod that they has seen His star in the sky which announced His birth and they had followed it to that area. The wise men’s words about Jesus being the King of the Jews brought fear and anger to king Herod. Herod did not want to recognize that Jesus was the true King. Herod wanted to continue to rule and reign and he saw Jesus as a threat to his kingdom.

Throughout history and even today there are people just like Herod. They don’t want to recognize Jesus as the King of Kings. They want to rule and reign over their own lives. They don’t want to surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus. Despite their efforts to ignore that Jesus is their true King and the Lord of their life, one day they will bow down before Him.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Jesus Is Our High Priest

Frankincense was the main ingredient used in making perfume (incense) for use in the most holy place, the holy of holies. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His priesthood. Jesus is our High Priest.

During the Bible times a priest offered sacrifices and prayers to God on behalf of the people. Once a year the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place with the blood of a goat and pour it on the ark of the covenant as a sacrifice to God for the sins of the people. This sacrifice was temporary, it would not remove or wash their sins away, it only carried them forward for one more year.

Jesus our Great High Priest offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own blood. After His crucifixion, He entered into the Most Holy Place in heaven with His own blood and poured it on the ark of covenant.

Hebrews 9:11 NKJV     “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”

          Jesus’ sacrifice removes or washes our sins away, it does not just carry them forward for one more year. When we come to Him in true repentance He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them. Once Jesus forgives us of our sins those sins are completely forgiven, never more to be remembered.

Hebrews 9:24-25  NKJV     “For Christ has not entered the holy place made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another”

          The sacrifice that Jesus made was much, much better than the sacrifice that the high priest made in the earthly sanctuary. Jesus entered into the true sanctuary in heaven. He entered into the very presence of God on our behalf.  Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct access to God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV     “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

          Access to God was given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice – His death on the cross. Now we can have direct fellowship and communication with God. We can enter into God’s presence whenever we want to.

Hebrews 4:14-16  NKJV     “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

          As a Christian we can approach God in prayer anytime and anywhere we want to. We do not have to be afraid because God Himself longs for us to draw close to Him. He desires for us to love Him and have a close personal relationship with Him. That relationship is possible through Jesus Christ, our High Priest.

Today there are many people who try to have access to God without going through Jesus Christ. All their attempts, sacrifices, works, deeds, and prayers will not grant them access to God’s presence. Jesus is the only way to God.

John 14:6  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus – God’s Messenger

Myrrh is a fragrant gum resin with a bitter taste. It is used as an astringent (medications), in perfumes, and incense. It is obtained  from certain small trees, of the same family as frankincense. It is bitter, but sweet smelling at the same time.

The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a prophet. Jesus is our voice from God.

A prophet is someone that speaks for God, giving His message to others. Prophets are a gift to the church. Prophets in the Bible days, and today, give rebuke, correction, instructions, and encouragement. They foretell God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken. In the Old Testament, direct revelation from God was given by prophets.

John 8:38  NKJV     “I speak what I have seen with My Father…”

         Jesus spoke for God, not just about God. Throughout Jesus’ ministry He gave God’s gave message to everyone He came in contact with. He gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as  encouragement. Jesus foretold God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken – He clarified the meaning of the instructions given in the Old Testament. Jesus had direct communication with God the Father and He passed that revelation on to man. Jesus truly is a gift to the church

On the road to Emmaus the two disciples stated that Jesus was a prophet.

Luke 24:19  NKJV     “And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people”

         At the feeding of the five thousand, people recognized Jesus as a prophet.

John 6:14  NKJV     “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ ”

          Not only is Jesus the Son of God, He was a prophet, God’s messenger, proclaiming God’s ways to man. Even though Jesus was a great prophet many people still rejected what He had to say.

Luke 4: 24  NKJV     “Then He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, no greater prophet is accepted in his own country.”

John 8:40  NKJV     “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I  heard from God”

Who Is Jesus To You?

Today there are those who continue to reject Jesus as a messenger from God. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting God Himself.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

 

Review

1. How did the wise men from Persia know that a king had been born?

 

2. The wise men set out to find the king. Why?

 

3. Where did the wise men find Jesus?

 

4. What was Jesus doing when the wise men found Him?

 

5. What did gifts did the wise men give Jesus?

 

6. The three gifts represented the three ________________________ that Jesus would hold

7. What were the three offices (positions)?

 

8. Throughout the Bible gold represents ____________ and kingship.

9. The ____________ that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship.

10. The wise men’s words about Jesus being ____________  ______  ________  ____________ brought fear and anger to king Herod.

11. One day everyone will __________   _____________ before Jesus.

12. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His _________________________.

13. During the Bible times what did a priest do?

 

14. Jesus ,our Great High Priest, offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own ____________.

15. When we come to Jesus in true ______________________ He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them.

16. Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct ________________ to God.

17. We can approach God in ____________________ anytime and anywhere we want to.

18. God desires for us to love Him and have a close personal ___________________ with Him.

19. How is a relationship with God possible?

 

20. Man cannot have access to God without going through _____________  ____________.

21. The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a _______________.

22. What is a prophet?

 

23. Jesus spoke for God, not just ____________ God.

24.Jesus gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as ________________________.

25. Many  people ________________ what Jesus had to say.

26. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting who?

 

27. Do you recognize that Jesus is your King and allow Him to rule and reign in your life?

 

28. Do you recognize that Jesus is your High Priest and your only access to God?

29. Do you  recognize that Jesus was God’s Messenger and embrace the message that He brought to you?

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