Wise men

Friday's Editorial Cartoon   —   Posted on December 21, 2012

Question(s)

1.  Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas.  The narrative of wise men following a star originates from the Bible, in the account of Jesus’ birth.
a) Where were the wise men from?
b)  Who did the wise men say Jesus is?
c)  Why did wise men visit Jesus?
d)  How did they know who He was?

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Cartoon by Gary Varvel
























Answer(s)

1.  a) The wise men were from the East.
b)  The wise men said Jesus was the King of the Jews.
c)  The wise men visited Jesus so they could worship Him.
d)  They knew He was the King because they saw His star in the East.

From the gospel of Matthew, Chapter 2: 1-12:
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.