Thursday, 8 August 2013

Matthew 2:1-12 - visitors from the east

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Jesus has been born and there's more detail in Matthew 2:1-12. He was born in Bethlehem in Judaea and was visited by some mystics from the east. We read about their quest to find the new-born king, the thoughts of the Jewish religious leaders, their discussions with an alarmed Herod, their meeting with the child and Mary, and how they returned home by a different route.

Why do you think they travelled so far to find Jesus? Who did they think he was? (Bear in mind they came to worship him.) They were aware of spiritual guidance and willing to act according to what they were shown. How would Herod have felt when they failed to return?

It's likely Jesus heard about these events from his parents as he grew up. Perhaps they helped to form his own understanding of who he was. He must have realised at some point that he was different from all the other village boys.

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