The Gift of Myrrh

The Gift of Myrrh

“Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.” – Mark 15:23 Of the three gifts given to Jesus by the Magi, myrrh was the most mysterious. Like frankincense, it was a spice mixture made from tree sap, but while it could be burned, it was used most commonly as a perfume and anointing oil, notably in the mixture of spices combined to prepare bodies for burial. Also, like the other two gifts, it had ties to the Jewish temple since it was the main ingredient in the oil used to ceremonially prepare priests, instruments, and the altar before sacrifices were made. Though it certainly denoted a sanctifying work, it also imbibed a sense of death, and I wonder if Mary and Joseph were bewildered at the wise men’s choice in giving this gift to young Jesus. Little did they know in the midst of

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