The Three Wise Men

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Pansarili
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Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

Why were the wise men “late” in arriving to celebrate Jesus birth?

The wise men were students of the stars who had observed a heavenly phenomenon (a star in the East) which they interpreted as a sign of the birth of the King of the Jews. So they traveled from their home in Persia to Jerusalem in search of the babe, sleeping by day and traveling by night, the better to follow the bright star that led them.

Their query “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” so unsettled King Herod that he vowed to eliminate this pretender to the throne. He inquired of the chief priests and scribes where Christ was to be born and they quoted the prophecy that identified Bethlehem. Next he had to determine how old the child was, and to do this he asked the wise men how long it had been since they had first seen the star.

Finally he had to find out where this babe was, so Herod persuaded the wise men to bring him a report so that he too could “worship” the new king. The star that had guided them into Jerusalem but disappeared from the night sky now reappeared to lead the wise men and stood over where the young child was. Notice that Jesus was no longer a babe but a child, and neither was he any longer in a manger. The bible narrative says that the wise men came into the house where the child and his mother were. Jesus’ parents had moved into a house from the animal stall where Jesus had been born.

This new address was what Herod eagerly desired from the wise men’s reports he had prevailed upon them to give him. But God warned the wise men in a dream not to return to Herod and so they returned to their country another way.

Traveling from a far-off country took over a year and so the wise men in our timeline appear to be late as our understanding goes. They don’t seem to historically and accurately belong in a crèche or nativity tableau. But no one is really ever late to come to Jesus. So the wise men rejoiced greatly to have been able to see the child Jesus and they went home rejoicing. Their interpretation of the stars, very likely a divine gift with some insight from a prophet named Balaam, had led them on a joyous journey to worship.

R.S.P.

Numbers 24:17; Micah 5:2; and Matthew 2:1-12.

Blessed weekend to all!

Comments
  1. salbehe says:

    Hindi mo naman inaasahan na babasahin ko ito hindi ba? Bukod sa English eh may Bible verse pa sa dulo. K.

  2. J. Kulisap says:

    Maraming salamat sa paalaala Pong.
    🙂

    Sabi ni Elizabeth Taylor.

    God knows who I am, ang interpretation ko ‘don, pwede nating iclaim na follower tayo ng Panginoon pero baka sa totoo hindi naman pala. Pero sa katulad mo na ipinamamahagi ang kahalagahan ng Panginoon sa buhay natin, pagpapalain ka pa.🙂

    • Pong says:

      Tama ka din po kuya. Minsan kahit ako man, nakakaligtaan ko kung ano ang dapat kong katatayuan. At mas lalong totoo na kilala ng Diyos ang bawat isa lalo na sa mga naniniwala sa Kanya.

      Salamat po.
      Be blessed!

  3. Chin chin says:

    “No one is really ever late in coming to Jesus” unless of course you’re planning to do it in the next life. God bless.

  4. Ax says:

    True indeed.

    If we are talking about forever, no one is late in coming to Jesus. ;]

  5. myfilthyroom says:

    kung may jet plane na sana nun, malamang hindi sila na-late..

  6. duking says:

    papano sila naging late kung dun mismo sa raw na iyon nila binigay ang kanilang mga handog sa mesiah?

    teka, naguguluhan ako at kailangan ko ng paliwanag. hindi ba yun ang nakalagay sa bible. bago pa man ang pagsilang, naglakbay na sila, tama? nangangahulugan iyon in chronological order of things na nangyari, simula sa paglabas ng tala, sa paglalakbay at ang pagdating nila sa betlehem.

    mas maiintindihan ko pa itong lalo sa paliwanag, pong. thanks in advance.

  7. Yvarro says:

    huwaw!!:-D … alam ko na .. kung bakit ngayun mo lang pinost to….😀 kase.. baby pa si jesus nung december?…

    hahahaha!!

    funny thing… malaking porsiyento ng pilipino ang nakikita si baby jesus.. na bata.. (or baby pa…) na parang si santo niñong gala…

    not recognizing that Jesus actually grew up.. and became a full grown man…

    a full grown man who is so capable of doing things, spreading the word, capable of seeking and saving the lost..

    love this post.

    but you can never blame me kuya pong!!!😀
    —-BELEN po kase ang apelyido ko!

    Blessedbe!!!

  8. boybochog says:

    walang tagalized version this?

    uuwi ka pinas? goodforyou.

  9. WP says:

    Ayokong isipin na may dugong bughaw ako dahil tulad nila, parati rin akong late. I-konek ko raw talaga!!! Sori na bago ka pa sumimangot diyan.

    Kahangahanga ang iyong ginagawa pongkie; ang pagpapalaganap ng mga salita ng Diyos.

    Ikaw na!

  10. bago ang lahat naalala ko raw ang ibig sabihin ng real ko dito. hahaha Divine Gift at ang kini-claim kong name na Star.

    pangalawa, eh hindi ko na ininda kong late yung tatlong wise men. ang sa akin basta nakarating ka sa patutunguhan mo at naabutan mo yung pakay mo. maganda ng bagay na rin iyon. hindi sila nawala at hindi nabalewala ang kanilang paglalakbay.

  11. Chevy says:

    Kuya Pong! Kuya? R u dir?hehe.

    Ngaun ko lang nalaman yun ha, na late pala yung tatlo?hehe

    Musta na po kuya? Pasensyana kung ngaun lang muli…

    Ingat po lage at Godbless!

  12. hello po…..

    pong, happy holi week din sayo….

    buti ak pa nakauwi ka pala ng pinas…

    ingats….

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