Sermon Outline

Gifted: The Gift Our King Refused

Pastor Mike Hayes

Sunday December 18, 2016

 

Theme – Myrrh was the third of three gifts given to Jesus by the magi.  Myrrh was very valuable as a healing & pain-killing agent at that time.   During the crucifixion Jesus refused myrrh when it was offered so that He could fully experience the pain and suffering necessary for us to be spared the same agony.


Myrrh

  • Myrrh was a resin from an African tree used for medicinal purposes.  

  • It dulled pain and promoted healing of wounds.

  • It had a pleasant scent.

  • It was a gift given to kings to make their lives more comfortable.

  • Poor people did not have access to myrrh.


Myrrh in the Bible

  • Matthew 2: 11 identifies it as one of the three gifts given to Jesus by the magi.

  • Exodus 30: 23-25 names it as one of the ingredients of holy anointing oil in the Old Testament.

  • Myrrh had both practical and symbolic significance.

  • InExodus 30: 31-33 God forbade holy anointing oil to be used on common people and outsiders.

  • Mark 15: 22-24 tells us that Jesus refused a concoction of wine and myrrh during the crucifixion.


What Jesus accomplished during His crucifixion

  • Isaiah 53: 1-7 prophetically predicted and explained the purpose of Jesus’ sacrifice.

  • If Jesus had allowed himself to be medicated during the crucifixion He would not have experienced the full suffering required to pay for our sins.

  • Verse 5 lists four things that were accomplished by the crucifixion.


#1 - Jesus’ wounds forgave our transgressions

  • Transgressions are visible misdeeds others can see.

  • We receive external wounds from mistakes we make in life.

  • Wounds happen when we overstep boundaries.


#2 – Jesus’ bruises removed our iniquities

  • Iniquities are tendencies we have toward certain bad behaviors.

  • Like bruises, iniquities are internal wounds that may not be evident to others.

  • Iniquities and bruises are not always obvious on the surface of things.

  • Through Jesus we are able to end the cycle of iniquities in our lives.


#3 – Jesus’ chastisement (torture) restored our lost peace

#4 – Jesus stripes (injuries from the scourging) heal our broken health


The reason Jesus refused the myrrh during His crucifixion

  • In the Old Testament, anointing oil with myrrh was not to be given to commoners and outsiders (seeExodus 30: 31-33.)  Jesus died, in our place, as a commoner and outsider.

  • Jesus did not want his pain dulled by medication, so that He could fully accomplish His purpose of suffering in our place.


He died as a commoner but was buried as a king

  • John 19: 38-40 explains how Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus prepared Jesus’ body for burial, as one would the body of a king, with a great amount of myrrh and aloes.

  • By the presence of myrrh Jesus was recognized, at His birth and at His burial, as a king.

  • In between, he lived and died representing us as a commoner.


We must resist the dulling of our senses

  • We cannot medicate ourselves in life – attempting to dull our senses to our own painful situations.

  • Anything that hurts us can be given over to Jesus.  He will deal with it.

(1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”)

  • In order to be saved, we must truthfully recognize our circumstances and our need to be changed.

  • When we die to our past desires the Holy Spirit comes to us with an abundance of healing, so that we can move into a better life of joy and fulfillment.



Reflective Questions for The Gift Our King Refused

  1. Use the Bible verses Pastor Mike cited to explain how myrrh had both practical and symbolic significance.

  2. Why did Jesus reject the wine & myrrh offered during His crucifixion?  

  3. How does this compare to how people today sometimes attempt to medicate their internal pain?   Why is this usually not a good idea?

  4. Jesus was recognized at his birth and burial as a king.  In between, why was it necessary he live and die as a commoner?