The Three Wise Men

After Jesus was born, three wise men came to look for Him. Most probably they lived in an area which is now in either Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia or Yemen. Although they are often called the ‘Three Kings’, the Bible does not say how many there were, or that they were kings. Three is just a guess because in the Bible only three gifts are mentioned. However, for sure, they were definitely intelligent men. Today we would call them astrologers.

Back then astronomy and astrology were part of the same overall science. The magi would have followed the patterns of the stars and found out that something extraordinary had happenned. They would have also probably been very rich and held high esteem in their own society. They had seen an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a special king.  Legends are told about them and they have been given names. King Herod asked the Wise Men about Jesus and wanted to know where he was. His wish was not to go and worship him, but he wanted kill him! He thought that Jesus sounded like a new King that could come and take his power away. When the wise men found Jesus and Mary, they had already been living in a normal house in Bethlehem, because by that time Jesus would have been already two years old. Then they gave their gifts to him. The gifts seem quite strange to give to a baby, but we believe that they had symbolic meanings.

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