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Why Jesus Got Frankincense And Myrrh Gifts

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Have you ever wondered why Jesus Christ got the Frankincense and Myrrh gifts.

You will find answers here.

“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke‬ ‭2:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬).

Christmas represents the birth period of Jesus Christ.

Gifts To Jesus Christ

It is also a period we give gifts. It is significant because Jesus also got gifts on his birth.

“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.” (Matthew‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬).

We all have read about these gifts the wise men gave to Jesus Christ.

However, not all of us know what the 3 gifts represent.

Spiritually, gold is a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death.

However, beyond these commonly mentioned meanings lie yet another mystery we unravelled.

We have taken our time to look at 2 of these gifts – frankincense and myrrh.

After reading this article, you should get these items and keep in your home. 

We know that a manger is a place animals are kept.

In the place, fesses from the animals are common.

This signals the presence of different bacteria that could put the life of a newborn in danger.

Interestingly, the men, being wise, knew this.

Jesus has to be protected from these bacteria.

The Power Of Frankincense

The main component of frankincense is oil (60%).

A 2016 study showed that frankincense contains mono- (13%) and diterpenes (40%) as well as ethyl acetate (21.4%), octyl acetate (13.4%) and methylanisole (7.6%).

Contemporary studies have shown that frankincense has an analgesic, tranquilising and anti-bacterial effects.

Extracts from it reduce inflammatory conditions in the course of rheumatism by inhibiting leukocyte elastase and degrading glycosaminoglycans.

It also has anti-inflammatory effect in ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, bronchitis and sinusitis.

Inhalation and consumption of Boswellia olibanum reduces the risk of asthma. It also inhibits proliferation of tumour cells of the leukaemia and glioblastoma subset.

Frankincense also has an anti-tumour effect since they inhibit topoisomerase I and II-alpha and stimulate programmed cell death (apoptosis).


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Basically, frankincense will keep the tender Jesus safe from bacteria and other diseases that could come from being in a manger.

The Power Of Myrrh 

Also, old medical practitioners valued myrrh for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

They considered it to be an effective remedy for an array of ailments, including indigestion, toothaches, and even leprosy.

Myrrh in combination with frankincense as a purifying agent to stop the spread of airborne disease and bacteria.

Indeed, experts believe this practice actually has some merit to it.

A 2012 study says the combined use of frankincense and myrrh oils was shown to be effective against select pathogens.


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Also, another 2018 study, stated that burning myrrh and frankincense incense decreased airborne bacteria by as much as 68%.

Jesus parent must have burnt frankincense and myrrh to reduce the amount of bacteria in the manger.

Myrrh has antibiotic profile.

Don’t you think frankincense and myrrh are necessary in homes?

Kindly share with your friends and loved ones so they will know why Jesus got the frankincense and myrrh gifts.

Williams Osewezina

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