But Wait, There’s Myrrh

by Joanna Pierce on December 19, 2018

The Christmas season is typically focused on the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Everyone else is a secondary character. While this isn’t wrong, I’m here to tell you that in addition to Jesus, there is gold, frankincense, and a whole lot myrrh!

That’s a bad joke, but in all seriousness: in addition to our Savior, there are other important characters in the story about this crucial child—Joseph, Mary, angels, shepherds, and the wise men. Without them, we wouldn’t know just how great Jesus truly is.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him (Matthew 2:1–2, KJV).

The Magi were Medes who were students of the heavens and discerners of the secrets of Nature. Ultimately, they were men of learning. When they spotted an unusual star in the east—unlike anything they had seen in all their study—they set off to discover its origin and purpose.

Along the way, they learned about a Savior born in Bethlehem. They didn’t know this Savior, and it certainly wasn’t theirs. When they happened upon king Herod, they asked the location of the “King of the Jews.” This star and this King certainly had no impact on them except of their desire of the unknown.

Soon, an encounter with the King of kings and Lord of lords would change their perspective. They would become truly enlightened through their newfound learning.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw 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 exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:9–11, KJV).

…I told you there was myrrh.

When the Magi saw the young child, Jesus, with his mother Mary, their minds were changed. He was no longer just the “King of the Jews,” but he was their King, Lord, and Savior. And for this they truly worshipped. They worshipped the One who had come to change their own lives.

We cannot worship what we don’t know and what we don’t understand. Like the Magi, we cannot call Jesus our Lord and King if He has not been revealed to us as such.

Christmas is just another Hallmark holiday when we don’t know our Savior. We can get caught up in the festivities, child-like wonder of the splendor, and be left believing the season is all about gift-giving and Santa Clause. And Christmas will only be just that until you seek out the star and come to the One who was born to us as our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

This Christmas, don the heart and mind of the Magi—be a seeker of the King. He may be unknown to you at first, but once you find Him, you will also fall down and worship Him. With Jesus, there’s not just myrrh, but so much more! You’ll never cease to learn about all His hidden wonder.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, KJV).

Have a blessed Christmas celebrating our Savior, Jesus Christ!