Three wise magicians, who resided in ancient Persia, were so adept at astrological charts that they determined the presence of a brilliant constellation, linked to the birth of baby who would become the most radical and controversial figure to ever hit planet earth.
That baby, a male child called Yeshua bin Joseph, was born in Bethlehem to a Hebrew teenager named Mary and her betrothed, Joseph of the House of David.
The three magicians rode on caravan across the desert to discover the child for themselves, and determine what may be his effects on humankind. They stopped for a brief stint with the (very nosy) King Herod.
They then went on to Bethlehem where they greeted the baby with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Although they had promised Herod they would return with a full report, they bypassed the palace and returned to Persia, wisely keeping knowledge of the baby to themselves.
The Gift of the Magi is one of my favorite biblical stories. Today, in honor of Christmas Eve, I give you ‘We Three Kings’ by the (fabulous!) Mediaeval Baebes.
Make a wish, count your lucky stars and have a magical Christmas!
He taught the self actualization of Asking, Seeking and Knocking. He encouraged people to open their own doors of opportunity. Even at age twelve he was too smart for his own good, possessing psychic abilities and esoteric knowledge that reportedly astounded the High Priests of the temple.
His immense popularity led to accusations of sedition, rabble rousing and blasphemy. He was charged with the art of necromancy, Lazarus the dead man being his most famous case. He was also accused of healing — cripples, lepers, the psychologically troubled, the depressed, the insane, the diseased.
He manipulated the elements, created and calmed storms, changed water into wine and according to Scripture, fed thousands of people with only a few loaves of bread and two tiny fishes.
He was arrested and taken before the Sanhedrin where he was accused of sorcery and witchcraft. These were very serious charges. The Book of Leviticus clearly states, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (Ironically, those that claimed to be his ‘followers’ would, in centuries to come, use those very same words as an excuse to put thousands of women to death.)
He was a clever chameleon, wisely admitting to nothing. He made the Sanhedrin, Pilate and Herod stumble over their own words as he famously asked: “Who do YOU say I am?”