Have you ever desired to have something that you thought about, and longed and hope for ? It is said that everyone receives a gift in life, and, a talent for which we are to be held responsible.
The prophets foretold and waited for the "Son of God" to come, revealing through scripture where and why and of what lineage the Saviour of the world would come from. Mankind would receive it's gift, Christ the Lord, Prince of Prince, Lord or Lords, who shall reign forever and ever. In you, O Bethlehem, city of David.
This conceived and anticipated plot, which developed to fulfillment, Thousands of years ago is what we now call Christmas, the birthday of Jesus. There were many signs and wonders, announcing His coming, such as the Virgin Birth and the angels, whose message proclaimed His coming to shepherds in the fields. Soon after, there would be Simeon in the temple, and a widow of about 84 years who prayed and fasted day and night, speaking of Him to all those who looked for the redemption, in Jerusalem.
Each aspect of this story is phenomenal, but the eyewitness of the three Kings, who were following astronomical signs and a star that lit the sky confirmed for all time by their three expensive gifts and, who travelling over 100 miles were wise enough to know that someone special was to be born, came to Worship Him. Having found the baby, they acknowledged and understood His greatness, deciding to hide their finding from Herod. The extreme measure of trying to destroy the Christ, by killing all innocent male babies, leaves no doubt in our minds of Herod's fear.
The gifts of the three kings further verify what they believed about Jesus, and their revelation of who and what this Holy Child is, born in a humble abode, is infact, God incarnate. Gold; King of Kings, Frankincense; Priest of Priest; and Myrrh for His sacrifice and embalming used for His burial. These gifts presented, summarise for all the perfect gift given to mankind, the son of Mary.
It is believed that their journey, which took them over two years, shows all that they were convinced of it's importance. In seeking they found. That's why we call them the "wise men."
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