Sunday, 1st June 2014
Rev Daniel Poon
This week, Rev Daniel shared with us Matthew 2:1-12, where the Magi from the east went to see baby Jesus and brought some gifts for Him. This may be a familiar story for many of us, but what we may not know is the meaning behind each gift. “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)
- Gold: gold was the usual offering presented to kings by their subjects, or those wanting to pay respect. When the wise men presented gold, they were honoring Jesus with the very best they possessed, and they also were recognizing that Jesus was king.
- Frankincense: frankincense a symbol of his priestly role. The only use of frankincense for Jews was at this altar and it was reserved for the worship of God.
- Myrrh: The Magi presented this gift to Jesus as a representation that He would one day die. The gift almost seems to convey the fact that Jesus was born to die.
By bringing these three gifts, Magi from the east recognized and prophesied that Jesus was the King, the high Priest, and the Salvation of all people. Rev Daniel then shared some well-know stories in the New Testament, about what people bring to Jesus.
- The Man with Leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4): the man with leprosy was treated as unclean, yet he was so desperate and did not care about what others think, he approached Jesus and asked for His healing power, so Jesus healed him.
- The Faith of the Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13): the Centurion was a powerful man, but he was willing to humble himself and bring his servant’s needs to Jesus by faith, and Jesus granted his request.
- The Healing of Two Demon-possessed Men (Matthew 8:28-34): the demon-possessed men came to meet Jesus, even though they couldn’t control their own bodies, and Jesus set them free.
When we bring our problems to Jesus, we surrounded ourselves and recognized He is the King, the high Priest and the Salvation. When we are willing to give it all to Jesus, He will answer our prayers. Rev Daniel challenged us to ask ourselves: “What would I bring to Jesus today?”