2023 Worship Guide

2023 Worship Guide LINCOLN DAILY NEWS December 2023 Page 11 and Arabia.” Myrrh was an ingredient in perfumes and incense in ancient times. It was valued for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities. In fact, to this day, myrrh is found in salve, mouthwash, and toothpaste. Myrrh was used to mask the odor of decay and in the first Century myrrh was sprinkled on burial cloths which were wrapped around the deceased. And prophetically, myrrh speaks of the sacrifice Jesus would make to cleanse the world of sin. It foretells His role as Savior (Matthew 2:2). In Mark 14:3-8 we are told that in Bethany, a woman anointed Jesus with pure nard, an ointment in which myrrh was a primary ingredient. The magi’s gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh were appropriate gifts given to Jesus and remind us of His true reason for coming. Do you remember the excitement you felt on Christmas as a child? Most likely, the enthusiasm you felt was for the beautifully wrapped packages under the colorfully decorated tree that stirred your curiosity. You picked them up, shook them, and wondered what treasures were inside. And when Christmas day finally arrived, you couldn’t wait to tear them open. Do you still have that same enthusiasm? Do you still get excited thinking about what you’ve been given? Christmas should remind everyone of the most wonderful gift of all—Jesus: - A king who rules the universe and one day will return to reign on earth. - A high priest who intercedes for us so that we can approach God with confidence. - A Savior who sacrificed His life to provide salvation for all who come to Him.