Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

We usually view these gifts as a way of enriching the royal family or/and as a way of fulfilling Isaiah 60. But much more can be said about these gifts. These are gifts of wedding coronation (Ps. 45; Song of Songs 3:6). These prefigure Jesus’ wedding to the Church. Jesus is born to marry, we might say. The frankincense provide the fragrance of royalty at a wedding party. The king comes to perfume the world with his presence. The myrrh is an embalming oil. In his death, Jesus was embalmed with myrrh (Jn. 19). At death, Jesus begins his wedding party.

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