Friday, December 26, 2008

The Ultimate Story, Part 3

And when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold! Magi from the east came into Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the one who was born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and we came to kneel and worship him.”

But hearing this, King Herod was troubled and all Jerusalem with him, and gathering all the high priests and scribes of the people, he inquired from them where the Christ is born.

And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it ahs been written through the prophet: ‘And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, by no means are you insignificant among the rulers of Judah, for from you will come out the one who rules, who will tend like a shepherd my people, Israel.’”

Then Herod, secretly calling the Magi, ascertained from them the time when the star appeared, and sending them to Bethlehem, said, “When you go, make a careful search with care concerning the child, and as soon as you find him, inform me, in order that I also, when I go, may worship.”

And the ones hearing the king went and behold! The star, which they saw at its rising, went before them until, coming, it stopped over where the child was. And seeing the star, they rejoiced very greatly with great joy. And coming into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother and falling to their knees, they worshiped him. And opening their treasures, they presented offerings to him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And being instructed by means of a dream not to return to Herod, they withdrew by another way to their country.

Matthew 2:1-12

1 comment:

Brandon Barr said...

It's the greatest story ever told!