The Magi Visit the Messiah

Matthew 2:1-12(NIV)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Other than King Herod, did you read “kings”?  Or that there were 3?  The gifts reflected the aspects of Christ’s nature: gold to a king, myrrh to one who will die, and incense, as homage to a God. No where is it suggested that these men were kings, but there was obvious wealth involved.  It is also believed that the Magi didn’t meet Jesus until he was nearly 2 years old.  But what would our nativity be without the 3 kings standing beside the shepherds, worshipping the new born Savior?  Why not just picture that beautiful night with everyone there together?  The sentiment is right even if our image isn’t.  God sent shepherds and wise men.  God sends us all to celebrate the birth of a king.

Dear God,
However the birth of Jesus happened, we are just so thankful that it did.  Whomever was there, we are so thankful that we are all still invited to worship Him.  Whenever He comes again, we will fall on bended knee to praise Him.  And wherever Heaven is, we look forward to joining You there – spending eternity in the warmth of your love.

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2 Responses to The Magi Visit the Messiah

  1. I like your interpretation of the meaning behind the gifts. The purpose of the gold and the incense is so natural it seems obvious in hindsight. Was myrrh used in rituals after death or in memorial?

  2. Pingback: Three Wisemen, Three Wise Kings, Three Magi | crafty theatre

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