O Come All Ye Faithful

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“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him
(Matthew 2:1-2).

The wise men, or magoi in Greek, came from the east to see the Messiah child. Most likely they were from Persia, as magoi is derived from the Persian word, magu, for priest. Magu were most likely Zoroastrian priests and were “astrologers of the first rank, and their influence was known over the ancient world. Providing occult information to the Medo-Persians and Babylonians at a kingly level (Strabo, XVI, 762; Cicero, De Divin., 1, 41) the magi even made inroads into areas of Kashmir where ancient Israelites had established a colony. By the sixth century B.C.E. they had acquired power to overturn governments (Herodotus, III, 61 sq.)” (1).

Because they were astrologers, the wise men were able to study the stars to discover where the Messiah would be born. They were also familiar with the Old Testament Scriptures, probably because Persia is where the Israelites were exiled for a time, and people like Esther were able to influence them greatly. The wise men came to worship Jesus, which means they believed that He was the Messiah who came to deliver them.

Though the Bible doesn’t state how many wise men there were, tradition tells us there were three, which is why nativities usually only have three wise men. Also, Jesus was probably a toddler at the time they had visited Him, not a new born baby.

After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:9-11).

The significance of the gifts (from reading articles on the internet):

Gold – Was a gift fit for royalty, as Jesus is our King.

Frankincense – Also known as olibanum, was an incense burned to carry prayers towards heaven. Jesus would be our Priest.

Myrrh – Is considered a wound healer and also was used as embalming materials. Jesus would be wounded and eventually die for us in order to be our Savior.

song of the day:

O Come All Ye Faithful

Oh, come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the king of angels:
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Highest, most holy,
Light of light eternal,
Born of a virgin,
A mortal he comes;
Son of the Father
Now in flesh appearing!
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God
In the highest:
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing!
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

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