Devotional: Meeting Jesus~The Road From Bethlehem to Calvary

DEVOTIONAL

MATTHEW
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

Question: “Why did the Magi bring gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus?”

Answer: Matthew 2 tells us that the magi, or wise men, travelled from the East in search of the Christ child. They inquired of King Herod where they might find Him, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2). Upon finding the baby Jesus, “they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

Gold is a precious metal and as such was a very valuable commodity. Its value could very well have financed Joseph and Mary’s trip to Egypt. The Bible does not tell us any other significance to these three gifts; however, tradition has it that there is a deeper meaning for each of the three. Gold is a symbol of divinity and is mentioned throughout the Bible. Pagan idols were often made from gold and the Ark of the Covenant was overlaid with gold (Exodus 25:10-17). The gift of gold to the Christ child was symbolic of His divinity—God in flesh.

Frankincense is a white resin or gum. It is obtained from a tree by making incisions in the bark and allowing the gum to flow out. It is highly fragrant when burned and was therefore used in worship, where it was burned as a pleasant offering to God (Exodus 30:34). Frankincense is a symbol of holiness and righteousness. The gift of frankincense to the Christ child was symbolic of His willingness to become a sacrifice, wholly giving Himself up, analogous to a burnt offering.

Myrrh was also a product of Arabia, and was obtained from a tree in the same manner as frankincense. It was a spice and was used in embalming. It was also sometimes mingled with wine to form an article of drink. Such a drink was given to our Savior when He was about to be crucified, as a stupefying potion (Mark 15:23). Matthew 27:34 refers to it as “gall.” Myrrh symbolizes bitterness, suffering, and affliction. The baby Jesus would grow to suffer greatly as a man and would pay the ultimate price when He gave His life on the cross for all who would believe in Him.

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Now do you remember back when your child or children were young and the “old wives tales” you may have been told? Maybe there were some who offered observations or advice about your child. Can you imagine what must have gone through the minds of Mary and Joseph, hearing such things about their Son?

Well, if the pre-birth experiences weren’t enough to tell them something was wonderfully unique about this Child, certainly the reaction of the magi, shepherds, Simeon and Anna helped confirm that their Baby Boy was far from ordinary.

What parent doesn’t think his or her own child to be exceptional? I mean, they’re cuter, smarter, more cleaver and talented than average, right? That is totally unbiased opinion, too!

What Mary and Joseph had there in the trough, the Infant they cradled, was the Savior of the World! The King! Almighty God! Our Father God is so phenomenal! Who is like Him?

Knowing what you do, doesn’t it break your heart, realizing the weight of what this new mother was told regarding the sword piercing her soul, as she inhaled the sweet aroma of that Christ child in her arms?

PRAYER

ABBA, FATHER
Merciful One
We bow in adoration of our Lord
Who is like You, God
No one is above You, King
Almighty Savior

Only You, Jesus, could have stepped out of Glory
Into the body of a sweet infant
Not born here of royal birth
But into simple means
You lived a sparse life

Truly did You teach dependence upon
And the provision of the Almighty God
Throughout Your life

You served
You washed feet
Our KING

For us
You were mocked, beaten and murdered

From the cradle to the cross
To the collection of Your saints
What You started
You will certainly finish

At the manger, You stupefied
At the cross, You justified
In Glory, You will be magnified

PRAISE BE TO JESUS
Name above every name

The Alpha and Omega

Thank You that we can count on Your Word

Blessed be Your Name
From today throughout all eternity
Hallelujah, What a Savior!

In the Name of the Most High
Jesus, Son of God
AMEN

SONGS
“Give Me Jesus”

“Hallelujah, What A Savior”

“Joy to the World”

“Away in the Manger”

credits: God, Jesus, Holy Ghost, Bible, youtube, blueletterbible, google image search

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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