This time of year, one of the greatest aromas is cinnamon. It awakens sweet memories of childhood and Christmases past.
This devotional today is by Lynn U. Watson, who has written a devotional book about the spices of Scripture. This excerpt on cinnamon is from her book…
Cinnamon is the most beloved and easily recognized scent of the Christmas season. In The Essence of Courage. we learned among the fruit of the Spirit cinnamon represents goodness. In Hebrew context, cinnamon’s erect or upright rolls and sweetness suggest integrity and abundance. Can you taste and smell all those Christmas treats?
The ingredient list for the incense recipe given by God to Moses included cinnamon. Ancients used it to help preserve meat. The incense being used with every substitutionary sacrifice in the Old Testament helped to surround the altar with sweet aromas.
The priests’ garments, hair, and skin absorbed those scents. In this way, the men carried them home to their families. In Revelation, we learn the prayers of the saints arise as incense to the throne of God where the real sacrifice, Jesus Christ, is seated with our Daddy God.
The priests of old who offered the animal sacrifices, as they awaited the coming Messiah, found themselves steeped in the aromas of the incense. So does Jesus! Sacrifices were an everyday occurrence for the priests. Our prayers lifted to the throne room of God everyday make upward drifting cinnamon a continuous experience for Jesus, our High Priest, too.
Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.
“How good God is to send His only Son into the world as a little baby in a body of clay just like ours to live among us and love on us in real and tangible ways. God allowed Him to face every challenge we do and permitted the enemy every opportunity to tempt Him. Jesus maintained perfect uprightness. His abundant tenderness toward people provided a sweet balm.” (Heb. 2:17-18)
No comparison exists to the goodness of our God. But His goodness in our lives overflows into a life of serving Him and others. God created us for the overflow – for the good works He prepared for us.
“For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)
This next verse was spoken to a preacher, but it is such wise counsel when we are serious about this life we live in Christ.
“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.” (Titus 2:7 NLT)
Devotion excerpted from The Essence of Joy: Filling Your Heart with the Aromas of Jesus’ Nativity, Copyright 2017, Lynn U. Watson
Aromatic blessings to all, Lynn