IRONY OF THE KING OF KINGS
Frankincense, myrrh and aloe, brought for
Death and embalming by grieving men, and
Secret followers of the Son of Man...the one
Named Jesus, a man called King of the Jews...
And years before...frankincense and myrrh
Were brought for his birth by wisemen who
Sought to worship the King, who's star they'd
Seen in the east and followed so far, bearing
Gifts of celebration, for adoration of a baby...
Then at death's embalming of God's son...
One birth...one death, irony of a king in life
And death, the spices of frankincense and
Myrrh...life's celebration and death's grief...
Irony of The King of Kings!
by Cheryl Ellen Baxter ©
John 19:38-42 -- After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus,
but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the
body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of
And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a
mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the
spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden
a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.
So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews' Preparation Day, for the tomb
Matthew 2:1-11 -- Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the
king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His
star in the East and have come to worship Him."
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people
together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the
'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.'"
Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined
from them what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully
for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I
may come and worship Him also."
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which
they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the
young Child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child
with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened
their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.