On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11)
The first two gifts of gold and incense pointed to the fact that Jesus was more than just a man. In fact more than the Son of God, but God the Son.
Over the next few years that became clear, but what about the third gift. That took longer for the significance to hit home.
Myrrh was used in embalming. It was a symbol of death. What a gift to take, it would be like giving a baby a funeral plan at their dedication.
But that’s why Jesus was born. To die. And more than that, to die on the cross.
So that the sinless could become sin for us, thus offering us the chance to get right with God.
But like any gift, it’s no good keeping it on the side admiring it. We have to take it, open it and apply it.