Gifts Fit For A King

INTRO: Would Jesus the future Jewish king rise to challenge Herod’s rule? I have kept this episode of the Christmas Story until now as it is uncertain exactly when the Wise Men, or Magi, visited Jesus, but it certainly wasn’t at the same time as when the shepherds visited him, at his birth in the animal stable, as is commonly represented in Christmas scenes and on Christmas Cards. Apparently, it was some time between a few months and two years after his birth. The Magi followed a star that miraculously guided them to Jesus, the child King.

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They first presented themselves to King Herod of Judea, in Jerusalem to inform him of their purpose for visiting his kingdom, which was to visit and worship the King of the Jews. Herod did not know about this ‘king of the Jews’ and he felt threatened by this news. King Herod called a meeting with the scholars of law and the Jewish religious leaders to inform him of what knowledge they had of this event. They informed the King that the event fulfilled a Jewish prophecy told over eight hundred years earlier.

When the Magi arrived at the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus the child now lived, they gave gifts commonly given to honour a king, to Jesus – Gold for family wealth and as a symbol of kingship on earth, Frankincense as a precious expensive perfume and a symbol of deity and Myrrh an oil used for anointing and balming, and a symbol of death. Beverley Joy


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Some time passed before the wise men arrived

Having travelled with their entourage

From an eastern kingdom to the king’s city

Asking “Where is the child born to be King?


“For we followed a star from the east afar

To come and worship the future king.” 

When the King heard this news, he was troubled,

And so were all the town’s people.


The king gathered all the religious leaders

To ask them where this ‘king’ might be?

They said the prophecy in the Old Testament

Said he would be born in Bethlehem.


The King lied to the wise men “Go, search for him

And when you find Him, report back to me,

So that I too may worship this child king.”


The same star led the men from the king’s city

To the house where Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived

They bowed and worshipped the child king

Gave Him gifts of gold, myrrh, and frankincense.


Warned by God in a dream, to not tell the reigning King

Where the child king lived,

So, they returned to their own country

Travelling a different way east.


We continue to worship King Jesus

We bring Him gifts of obedience and service

We wait in eager anticipation

For His return and reign of our king and Saviour.

Beverley Joy © 2019 of Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.

You can listen to or read the Christmas stories leading up to this story: The Christmas Story Part 1, Four Unusual Women Part 2, 700BC Part 3, Mary Part 4 and Mary and Elizabeth Part 5, Joseph Part 6 and The Saviour is Born Part 7.

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

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