Rewriting “We Three Kings” 2

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Many theories have proposed as to the nature of the star in the east that the Magi saw. Some believe it may have been a nova, and maybe a comet even. But, nothing quite fits the bill. What DOES seem likely is that the Magi interpreted an unusual stellar phenomenon, natural or supernatural. So they left for Jerusalem, since it made sense that the prophesied King of the Jews, would be born in its capital city.

We do know that they soon left Jerusalem to go to Bethlehem where they finally met Jesus as a child. How old was Jesus when they met him? We can’t say for sure but we can see in the gospel that their visit did not at all, take place on the night he was born.

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.” Matthew 2:1

“Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared” Matthew 2:7

Based on this information, Herod ordered the killing of all boys 2 years old and under. See, Herod left himself room for error, therefore it is likely that Jesus was nearly 2 at this time. This is also supported by the fact that the Greek word the gospel uses for ‘child’ is not brephos, meaning a “newborn infant”, but it uses paidion, meaning a “young child”.



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