In the three gifts of the wise men, myrrh speaks of suffering, the spice of death, and reminds us of the past and His first coming; frankincense speaks of worship and intercession, and represents the present Church age and the forming of the pearl of great price; and gold speaks of His future royalty and rule ushered in by His Second Coming.
The magi sought out Jesus and brought to Him appropriate gifts. “Wise men still seek Him” has become a seasonal saying. I heartily agree with that sentiment, but I would add, “Wise men still bring Him gifts.” Do you have wisdom? Then what gift would you bring to Jesus?
In our society the pearl is one of the birthstones for the month of June and is suggested as the appropriate gift for the thirtieth wedding anniversary. More significantly, pearls have long been given as a gift from the groom to the bride-to-be. Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom and the Church is His bride (2 Corinthians 11:2 and others). The Bridegroom has given His all to His fiancée. It is a natural response of the fiancée to respond with gifts that are an outflow of her love. “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NKJV).
~ from “ONE PRECIOUS PEARL: God’s Design for His Church, pg 117(ISBN:9780741462329)