Soon after Jesus was born (17), wise men came from the East to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the baby who has been born to become the king of the Jews? We saw his bright star when it came up in the East, so we have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard about this, he was concerned, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. Herod assembled the chief priests and teachers of the law and he asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?” They said the Messiah would be born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, just as a Jewish prophet had written: “Bethlehem, though you are a small town, you are very important to God. From you will come a leader who will guide my people Israel.”
Herod then met secretly with the visitors from the East and learned the exact time the star had appeared. Herod sent them on to Bethlehem saying: “Search for the child; when you find him, let me know, so that I may also go & worship him.”
The wise men then left Jerusalem and continued to follow the bright star they had first seen in the East. They were very happy that the star was still leading them. When the star stopped over the place where the child was, they went inside.
Seeing the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down & worshiped him. They brought out gifts of gold, frankincense & myrrh, and presented them to Jesus (18).
Afterwards, they returned to their country in the East. But they went back a different way, because God had warned them in a dream not to return to King Herod in Jerusalem.
(17) Matthew 2:1-12
(18) Though the wise men may not have realized it, their gifts signified that Jesus had come to serve all people:
- As king, to rule over every part of our lives;
- As priest, to keep us connected to God; and
- As savior, to bear all the punishment our sins deserve.