Epiphany (The Visit of the Magi )

There is much about the birth of Jesus that we don’t know and/or tend to accept without question. One is the visit of the “Three wise men”. These magi are shown to be in the stable where Jesus lay right after His birth in most Nativity scenes. Let’s look at that: Read Mathew 2, verse 11.

King James version:  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

New American Standard version:  After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him.

Consider that these kings, or magi would need to travel a great distance to meet Jesus The Christ. Note that Mathew states that the magi came into the house. The house, not the stable.

It is believed by some that Jesus might have been several days or weeks to as much as two years old. Whatever the case, The magi were not in the stable and did not see Him in a manger.

If you find this hard to believe, ask your self why King Herod ordered the slaughter of children 2 and under.

Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.