Myrrh was an expensive spice used for making perfume, incense, medicine, for anointing people for a special office and function, and for anointing the dead. It was used to be a fragrance that allured and attracted, and a flow that anointed and appointed.
Jesus received the gift of myrrh as a symbol of His anointing from the Holy Spirit of God to be the Christ—the One anointed and appointed to be Heaven’s Messiah of might and mercy. Also, representing His sacrificial death as the Savior, the Lamb of God Who took away the sins of the world—the One Who was buried and rose from the dead.
Exalting Christ With Anointed Worship The Magi were set apart by God to bring Jesus a powerful expression of worship. With gold, frankincense and myrrh in hand, they came with anointed and appointed worship as they bowed and laid prostrate before the Christ—God’s anointed and appointed One, called to bring the purpose, power and purity of heaven to earth (Matthew 2:1-12).
The priests of old were anointed to offer praise and worship to God in the way He prescribed, not the way they preferred. Jesus, our Great High Priest, was anointed to bring God the sacrifices He desired and demanded—a sinless life and a saving death. He did just that as He offered worship to the Father in spirit and truth. We are called to follow in His footsteps as faithful worshipers who lay down and lift up their lives in worship that lines up with the Word and lives up to the honor and glory our Great God deserves.
Exalting Christ With Anointed Witness The Magi were set apart by God to bear witness to Jesus as being the King of the Jews and Christ the Lord. Church tradition tells us that these men who bore witness of Christ in Bethlehem went back to their homeland and bore witness of Him there.
Jesus came to earth and bore witness to the word, will and ways of the God of Heaven. Everything He did bore witness of God as a loving and redeeming Father. Jesus was “evidence for the case” that God loved mankind and was bent on their being born into His family and blessed bountifully as a result. This must be our model, mission, message and ministry. If we want an anointed witness, we must preach an anointed message. The Man Who died, soaked in myrrh, and rose again from the dead is the Man we proclaim as Savior of the world!
Exalting Christ Through Anointed Works The Magi arrived not only to find Jesus; they had works they felt set apart to accomplish. They had worship to offer, gifts to give and wondrous works of provision and protection to accomplish. Their gifts funded the flight to Egypt that preserved the Promised One and kept the dream of redemption and restoration alive.
When Jesus reached adulthood, He only did works anointed by God the Father through the Holy Spirit. He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons and preached the gospel wherever He went. These are the footsteps we follow. We do what Jesus did. We say what Jesus said. We work what Jesus worked. Galatians 2:20 tells us that we must live a crucified and resurrected life through the words and works of Jesus in and through us. II Timothy 2:21 tells us that we were saved so that we could become vessels of honor, fit for the Master’s use. The Savior didn’t just save us from sin; He saved us for a life of anointed, eternal works.
Remember: As we exalt Christ as Savior through anointed worship, witness and works, we offer back to God the gifts He desires, and we offer to the people of the world the gifts they so desperately need.