Imagine traveling, following a star to a rumor of a child who would be King and Savior of the world. These priests did exactly that. Then when they finally arrived and actually saw Jesus they rejoiced.
“When they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, they fell to the ground at his feet and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests full of gifts and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11
The notes in the Passion bible say this.
The Greek is hard to translate since it contains so many redundant words for joy in this one verse. It is literally “They rejoiced with a great joy exceedingly.” They were ecstatic. These “wise men” were extremely wealthy. They presented gifts that totaled a great sum of money – not tiny presents wrapped with bows, but treasure chests full of financial wealth….these gifts would have financed Joseph, Mary and Jesus’ exodus to Egypt and supplied their living expenses for a number of years, even after returning to Israel. Gold is an often used symbol of the Deity of Christ. Frankincense points to his perfect life of holiness, excellence and devotion. Myrrh, an embalming spice, speaks to use of the suffering love that would lead him to death on the cross.”
Kind of incredible. The first thing that stuck out to me was the amount of joy that these men had when they first encountered Jesus. The fact that the Greek translation is so littered with words that describe joy, that describe the shear happiness of them just makes me smile. Joy when encountering Jesus….go figure.
The next part of this description is just the incredible generosity that these men had when giving gifts to Jesus. Kind of symbolic to the generosity that we are supposed to show. Jesus calls us to give and give cheerfully. Give to the poor, the needy, those that can’t help themselves.
We are called to give. We are called to experience joy when we are in the presence of Jesus.
Think on that for a minute.