The Magi gave gifts of:
b) frankincense because Jesus is the Great High Priest.
c) myrrh because Jesus is the Sacrificial Lamb, slain for the sins of the world.
Compare Matthew 2:13 and 20:
20and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead." 21So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
Joseph was not the father of Jesus, yet he still obeyed God's will in taking care of Jesus.
At first glance, it might seem that the following passage supports salvation by works.
However, when coupled with Luke 6:44,
it is clear that the type of fruit produced is simply an indicator of the type of tree. That is, we are judged on our identity (constitution), not works. This is why we need Christ to make us a new creation, changing this heart of stone into a tender heart that seeks Him and allows the Holy Spirit to produce the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Heavenly Father, I want to offer gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Christ every day with my life. Lord, may the practical details of my life be affected by the reality of Christ's birth. I pray that I will be an honorable and obedient man like Joseph - realizing that each member of my family is really yours and not mine. I know that you will finish the work of refining me into Christ, but I pray that I will cooperate with you today! May I not miss another opportunity to grow into Christ and enjoy the fellowship of unity and love with you, my Heavenly Father. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.