The Wise Men Cometh…
Church News | Sunday, 6 January 2019 |
Today in church we celebrated The Epiphany, when the Wise Men or Kings came to visit Jesus to offer him gifts. Here in this country we offer each other gifts on Christmas day but it is at Epiphany we should really have our gifts. Nevertheless, Revd Julie went around the congregation asking what gifts we had received, and it seems that we were all very fortunate with our gifts, even if we were not always sure what they were or what they should be used for.
King Herod instructed the Kings to search for the special child and we hear that they travelled many miles before they found the baby Jesus, who would have been around a year and a half to two years old. Eventually the Wise Men found Jesus and offered him some strange gifts. According to the book of Isaiah, the Wise Men were called Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior and their gifts were of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We are not sure which gift is attributed to which King, but legend has it that Gaspar (or Caspar) was the King of Sheba, and he represents the Frankincense that was offered to Jesus. Frankincense has a very pungent aroma when lit and creates smoke that easily fills a church and can represent the prayers that are offered up to God. Melchior was the King of Arabia, and according to legend it was Gold that was offered to Jesus, representing Jesus’ Kingship. Finally, there is Balthazar who was the King of Tarse and Egypt, Balthazar gave the baby Jesus the gift of Myrrh. Myrrh is an expensive spice, used for making medicine, incense and perfume, it was also used for anointing the dead, representing the fact that Jesus would suffer and die.
Revd Julie, ended her talk by asking us what our most precious gift was. and would we be willing to give it to Jesus? Well, nothing could be more precious to us than our lives, lives that can be offered to Jesus, even in our darkest days, for Jesus is the light of the world and He gave his life for us.