The Gift of Frankincense

The Gift of Frankincense – Healing and Sacrifice

Like Myrrh, Frankincense comes from tree resin which hardens into beads when exposed to air. In Bible times, beads were burned on the incense altar in the Tabernacle and each of the Temples in Jerusalem. Throughout history Frankincense was considered one of nature’s most cherished gifts. 

The Magi’s gift of Frankincense to Jesus represented His divine nature, and foreshadowed His role as Priest . . . Minister, Servant, Shepherd, Sacrifice, Mediator. 

Maybe priests are not on your list of people you need in your life. Certainly the role of priest has come under attack in recent years, but let’s take a moment to look at the historical and traditional roles of priests. 

Historically priests served in the Tabernacle, taught God’s laws, and prayed for God’s guidance.  

Traditionally priests draw near to God and minister to people. They perform sacrificial offerings, lead ceremonies and worship, and they serve as the representative between God and man. 

Jesus, the Perfect Priest We Need

 Jesus – fully God and fully man. He ministered to and served people with whom He lived on earth, and He continues to serve and minister to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Servant. Shepherd. 

Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And He healed every kind of disease and illness. Matthew 4:23

Sacrifice, worthy of all our worship and praise.  

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin Romans 3:25a 

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12

Mediator, pleading for us at the throne of grace. 

For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5 

It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when He came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed. Hebrews 2:17-18 (MSG) 

Only a priest with divine nature is able to meet our every need. 

Too often we decide our beliefs about Jesus based on what we see in people. We look at priests who, like you and me, are sinful by nature; and decide we can easily do without them – thank you very much. However….
 
We need the gift of the Servant, Shepherd. We need His sacrifice and mediation.
We need Jesus. the sinless Son of God:
 
100% God
100% Man
 
The Perfect Priest.
 
Father, Thank you for the Gift of Frankincense. Thank you for Jesus our perfect priest, who blesses us with the gift of reconciliation by offering Himself and the ultimate sacrifice. 

2 comments

  1. Ken Mafli says:

    Thanks for the post! I think that Jesus as our High Priest is a much needed role that our modern mind is detatched from. We have a hard time understanding His role as mediator and intercessor. But to know that the Perfect Man stands in the gap for me and intercedes for me, it is both comforting and powerful.

    • Deb
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      Thanks Ken. I think we struggle with the role of priest as we do with the role of Father. Much depends on our experiences. One of the reasons I love John 17 so much. It relates the beautiful way Jesus prays for His followers. Blessings!

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