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The Wise Men present their gifts to Jesus
The Wise Men Bring Gifts to Jesus

Significance of the Wise Men’s Gifts

Gold
Gold was typically a gift given to kings, showing that the Wise Men understood Jesus was the King of kings.
Frankincense
This sweet-smelling resin was used in ancient priesthood ordinances, possibly referencing the sacrifice the Lamb of God would make for us all.
Myrrh
This bitter oil was used in burial preparations and could be seen as a reminder of Jesus Christ’s death and burial in the tomb prior to His glorious Resurrection.
A Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit
Perhaps the most significant gift the Wise Men offered Jesus was the humility they showed as they bowed before Him, acknowledging their need for His healing sacrifice.

Rebekah Atkin, “Thoughtful Gifts,” New Era, Dec. 2011, 5

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/new-era/2011/12/thoughtful-gifts?lang=eng

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