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Epiphany Study: The Gifts of the Magi
January 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
After the birth of Jesus some wise men came bearing gifts. We don’t know much about them. One of our beloved carols calls them kings. Other theories are that they were astrologers, or Zoroastrian priests (yeah, I don’t know what that means, either…)
One thing we do know is what gifts they brought. They brought gold, frankincense and myrrh, and laid them at the foot of the savior.
Those gifts, those particular items, were not accidental.
We’re not going to solve the mystery of who they were, or why they came, but we can talk about what they brought, and what those gifts meant to a young family who would soon flee the wrath of the mad king Herod into Egypt. And we can talk about what those gifts meant in hindsight, knowing that the baby who received them would live to illuminate the nature and character of God, help the people to experience God’s relentless love, and, ultimately, hang on a cross. And then step out of the tomb.
Let’s talk about Matthew 2:1-12, the gifts the magi brought to the baby, and the gifts that baby brought to us!