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Sunday - December 25th 2005
'" CHRISTMAS GIFT'S "
by Pastor Tony Sutton

TFrankincense
(Heb. lebonah; Gr. libanos, i.e., "white"), an odorous resin
imported from Arabia (Isa. 60:6; Jer. 6:20), When burnt it emitted a fragrant odour, and hence the incense became a symbol of the Divine name (Mal. 1:11; Cant. 1:3) and an emblem of prayer (Ps. 141:2; Luke 1:10; Rev. 5:8; 8:3).

Myrrh
Heb. mor. (1.) First mentioned as a principal ingredient in the
holy anointing oil (Ex. 30:23). It formed part of the gifts
brought by the wise men from the east, who came to worship the
infant Jesus (Matt. 2:11). It was used in embalming (John
19:39), also as a perfume (Esther 2:12; Ps. 45:8; Prov. 7:17).
It was a custom of the Jews to give those who were condemned to
death by crucifixion "wine mingled with myrrh" to produce
insensibility.

GOLD 
    THIS IS BELEIVED TO BE A SENT TO JOSEPH AND MARY, TO SUPPORT THEIR NEED.
 

   WE ALL HAVE A DESTINY. WE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR IT ALL OF OUR LIVES. NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF LIFE YOU HAVE LIVED, GOD CAN TAKE IT AND USE IT FOR HIS HONOR AND GLORY. THESE GIFTS THAT WERE GIVING TO THE CHRIST CHILD WHERE NOT JUST SIMPLE GIFTS. THEY WERE OF MEANING. THE GOLD GIVEN AS A MEANS OF SUPPORT AND ALSO AS GIVING OUR BEST TO JESUS. THE FRANKINCENSE WAS A SYMBOL OF THE DIVINE NAME AND AN EMBLEM OF PRAYER. TRULY  CHRIST WAS AND IS DIVINE AND AN AWSOME EMBLEM OF PRAYER. THE MYRRH WAS AN INGREDIENT OF THE ANOINTING OIL. IT WAS ALSO USED IN EMBALMING, AS A PERFUME. AS WE LOOK AT THE LIFE OF CHRIST WE CAN READ ABOUT AND SEE WHERE EACH OF THESE GIFTS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN HIS LIFE. DO WE REALIZE THAT AS THE WISE MEN BROUGHT THESE GIFTS THEY MUST HAVE KNOWN WHAT EACH OF THEM MEANT. NO GREATER GIFT HAS EVER BEEN GIVEN. WE TRY TO GIVE LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS GIFTS, BUT HAVE WE EVER THOUGHT ABOUT GIVING THE BEST GIFT? WHY, SURE WE HAVE. HOWEVER THATS THE PROBLEM. WHAT IS THE PERFECT GIFT? WELL, IF WE TRULY LOVE THESE PEOPLE, WE WILL SARE JESUS WITH THEM. I KNOW YOU ARE THINKING, A NEW CAR, A NEW BOAT, CAMPER, 4 WHEELER, A TRIP TO HAWAII, AND MANY OTHER GREAT OPTIONS. I WANT TO ASK YOU IF YOU WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE EACH PERSON IN YOU FAMILY A NEW CAR, OR GIVE THEM A MILLION DOLLARS EACH, WHEN THEY DIE WILL THE MONEY KEEP THEM FROM HELL? NO!!! IT SURE WILL NOT!!! BUT SALVATION WILL KEEP THEM SAFE AND FINE. WHEN ALL IS GONE THEN JESUS WILL STILL TAKE CARE OF US. THE GIFT OF SALVATION IS THE GIFT THAT WILL KEEP ON GIVING, FOR EVER. WHEN ALL HAS BURNED SALVCATION WILL STILL BE OUR ONLY HOPE.

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