Well, I was hoping to write some DIGs about how ‘wrong’ the narrative about the birth of Jesus really is, but I’ve not got round to it yet (see DIG on December 1st).
My big ‘new’ revelation this year is why we have such an emphasis on the 3 wise men coming to see Jesus at His birth.
Looking at the Word we can clearly see that the wise men actually came to see Jesus when he was about 18 or 24 months old, and they actually came when He was home in Nazareth.
The Bible does not tell us how many wise men there were, but tradition says three (Matthew 2 v 1).
The Bible says the wise men met Jesus as a young child (look at the Greek) and not a baby (Matthew 2 v 11).
The Bible tells us that Jesus was taken home to Nazareth after going to Jerusalem, and that was where the wise men met Him (Matthew 2 v 11 and Luke 2 v 22 and 39).
So why is tradition so strong in telling us that the 3 Wise Men were in the stable at the birth of Jesus.
I believe that the Lord told me the answer to this question; it is to take away from the significance of the shepherds.
If we look at the Word we can see that the only people to see Jesus at his birth, other than Mary and Joseph, were the shepherds.
And if we understand whom these shepherds were we could see why Jesus was born, we get an amazing piece of typology about the mission of Jesus.
If we understand about the shepherds we can see that Jesus was born to die!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can read the truth about the birth of Jesus in your Word”.
Matthew 2 v 1…..Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem