This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.
Following on from my post for F one of the gifts presented to the young child Jesus by the Magi was gold. Gold symbolised kingship. Joseph and Mary were not rich. The gifts of the wise men may have surprised them. They possibly had to use the gold in the years ahead of them, but that eventuality comes later in the story and in the alphabet.
As well as prophecies about Jesus being the Messiah or Christ, there were prophecies about him being a king. In fact Isaiah 44:6 describes the Lord as Israel’s King and Redeemer. In an earlier A to Z challenge I wrote about these names of God. The posts are linked to the words King and Redeemer.
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning is a hymn sung at Epiphany, when the visit of the wise men with their gifts is commemorated.
While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4