Wise Gifts for a Supernatural Reality
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
Christmastime! A time to revisit the Christmas story again, with all the familiar supernatural details of “the Word” becoming “flesh” – a virgin conception, glorious angelic visitations, and a wondrous star guiding wise men bearing gifts on a trip to see a child.
The gifts of the wise men to the Christ child have helped establish our Christmas tradition of gift giving. And those three gifts to Jesus – of gold, frankincense, and myrrh – are biblically symbolic and prophetic about the true nature of the child whom the wise men came to worship.
Gold is an ancient emblem of royalty – for Him who is King of kings.
Frankincense is the emblem of divinity – for the human child who is of God and who is God! Frankincense was used in the anointing oil with which priests were made holy for the presence of God. Pure frankincense was poured upon the sacramental bread of the Jewish Temple.
And the gift of myrrh is prophetic of Christ’s sacrifice. Myrrh was a drug used in the ancient world to embalm the dead. It was among the ingredients used by the women who anointed Jesus’ body for burial. And myrrh was mixed with the wine offered to Jesus as He hung on the cross.
At Christmastime it is good to review the full meaning of the incarnation. You see, the baby in the manger is indeed much more. He is the Savior and the Lord. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end! As the Bible says in the book of Hebrews, “God...hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds...and upholding all things by the word of his power.” Jesus Christ is essentially the “unifying principle of science”!
What the naturalists, the materialists and the evolutionists don’t understand – or don’t want to admit – is that to get to the bottom of things, to get to the roots of matter and energy, you have to go to spiritual reality – you have to transcend the natural and address the supernatural!
When we look inside the atom, matter (material) is fundamentally energy and space. So we back up from tangible, tactile, material objects to intangible, invisible phenomena. And the point is that to get to the underlying truth, we have to back up even further to the spiritual, the supernatural!
This is the reality we face in the Christ child – “…the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). And “they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
A full appreciation of Jesus Christ is an appreciation of our Creator. Not only did He give us Himself at Christmas, but He gave us sunrises, flowers, trees, birds, big sky and sunshine.
The Bible cautions us to not fall prey to false philosophy and empty deception, which it says, is “…after the tradition of men, after the rudiments (the elementary principles) of the world, and not after Christ, for…he is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:8,10).
Think about it. Evolution is one of those “empty deceptions”. Science will never be able to explain everything in nature in purely natural terms. The more we discover about our universe, the more we discover that science from a naturalist base is quite limited and incomplete.
Yes, indeed, Jesus Christ is the unifying principle of science. God in Christ is the Author and Sustainer of creation, and, therefore, of the science behind creation. “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). Beyond the natural is the supernatural. Beyond the material is the spiritual. Beyond the flesh is the Word – “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
At Creation Moments you help us proclaim this message. The world, the flesh and the devil conspire against the truth of God to discourage and deprive people of the truth that saves them. That’s why it is so important that we continue to proclaim the truth about creation, to encourage and enlighten folks in a world cloaked in darkness.