King, High Priest, Saviour...

In my Cell Group yesterday, we were talking about the wise men and their encounter with Jesus. As I’m sure you all know, when the wise men meet Jesus, they all give him gifts; gold, frankincense & myrrh. These weren’t random gifts with no thought behind them; they had a strong significance both in terms of who Jesus is and how He is still impacting on our lives.

The first gift described is gold. Gold is something very royal, worn by a King or a Queen. This gift was to symbolise Jesus being our King. Jesus is often described as the King of the Jews, but He is also King over our lives. He is our ruler, He guides us, and He leads us in every part of our lives. There isn’t a part of our lives that Jesus doesn’t want to be a part of; He’s in every single decision we make, whether we recognise it or not.

The second gift was Frankincense. This was a perfumed that is said to have carried people's prayers to heaven. The High Priests in the temple would have used incense, and were also seen by some as the link between the regular temple-goers and God. In the temple, there was a huge curtain going from floor to ceiling. This separated the rest of the temple from what was known as the most holy place. The most holy place was somewhere only the high priest was permitted to go into because no one else was deemed ‘holy’ enough.

When Jesus died, ‘the temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom’ (Matt 27:51). What does this mean for us? It means that now nothing can separate us from God, because we have Jesus.

‘So, friends, we can now – without hesitation – walk right up to God into “the Holy place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of His sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is His body’
Hebrews 10:19-21

The final gift was myrrh. This was a substance used, in those times, for embalming dead bodies. Possibly the most significant part of our faith is that Jesus died and then rose again. He showed that not even death could hold Him, His power far surpasses the devil, and the sheer act of dying for each and every one of our sins shows that His love for us surpasses any love that we feel for someone else, or they feel for us.

By dying on the cross, Jesus saved us from sin, Jesus is our Saviour. Through Him we have salvation, we have eternal life in a place that doesn’t even compete with the best bits of the world we currently live in, we have freedom from the life of sin that we once led.

Jesus is our King. Jesus is our High Priest. Jesus is our Saviour.

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to say it's fantastic to see God being written about on your blog and to see your passion for your faith as well as for the Church you represent.

    May God continue to bless you as your serve Christ this year.