Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:  ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!” After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! Matthew 2:1-10 NLT

The wise men brought gifts. First they brought a bar of gold–their best. Sometimes we don’t bring our best because we disqualify ourselves based on the past. But God loves us in spite of us. Then they brought a gift of frankincense–a fragrance. God turns our stench into victory–a sensation of hope and imagination. Prophetically they brought myrrh–an embalmin spice. Christ was born to die that we might live. So let’s shake off the self-pity, shake off the defeat, and get ready for God to do something new in us.

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