Honoring Christ's sacrifice.
After the shepherds come, the three wise men appear at the stable to visit the Christ Child.
Sacrifice, self-sacrifice, Gratitude, Worship, Treasure
The three wise men, wealthy men in their own right, ride up to the stable where Jesus is swaddled in a manger. They marvel at the place where they find the child, "God, made into flesh." The wise men dismount and each comes forth with a gift for Jesus. As each steps forward in turn, they lay a box in front of the manger. The first says, "Gold, for the King of kings." The second says, "Frankincense, for the Priest of priests." And finally, the third says, "Myrrh, to honor the sacrifice." Then all three back away to gaze at the Christ Child.
Historically, the three magi, or wise men, did not actually arrive until Jesus was two years old, but conventions die hard. The beauty of this scene is seeing how the three wise men, who arrive in majesty, are overcome by humility when in Christ's presence. They have come to worship Him. It is important to note the final gift. Myrrh was a spice that, in Bible times, was used for preparing a body after death. So when the magus stepped forward to offer it, he was showing that he knew this Child would die -- a sacrifice for sins of mankind. These gifts also represent precisely what God desires us to give to Jesus: our treasure, our praise, and our lives. He wants us to give everything we are and have to Him in gratitude for what He has done for us. But unlike the wise men who could only give them once, we are to offer ourselves to God daily to honor Christ's sacrifice, and as a way to allow Him to mold us into the image of His Son.