Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the
time when Herod was king. Soon afterwards, some men who studied the
stars came from the east to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the baby
born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in
the east, and we have come to worship him."
When King Herod heard about this, he was very upset, and so was
everyone else in Jerusalem. He called together all the chief
priests and the teachers of the Law and asked them, "Where will the
Messiah be born?"
"In the town of Bethlehem in Judea," they answered. "For this is
what the prophet wrote: 'Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by
no means the least of the leading cities of Judah; for from you
will come a leader who will guide my people Israel.' "
So Herod called the visitors from the east to a secret meeting and
found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. Then he
sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions: "Go and make a
careful search for the child, and when you find him, let me know,
so that I too may go and worship him." And so they left, and
on their way they saw the same star
they had seen in the east. When they saw it, how happy they were,
what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over
the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when
they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and
worshipped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense,
and myrrh, and presented them to him. Then they returned to
their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream
not to go back to Herod.
This is the part of the Christmas story from Matthew's
Gospel where the 3 wise men
visit Jesus. This is known as the Epiphany and is celebrated on
January 6th. Notice that in the story the wise men visit
Jesus in a house …
Do you think he and his mother would have spent two
weeks in a stable?