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What if the Three Wise Men were Women?

What if the Three Wise Men were Women?

 Mathew 2:1-12

 

3 wise men

3 wise men

What would have happened if it had been three wise women instead of three wise men whom visited Jesus? They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought practical gifts.

Although this hypothetical scenario is to be taken as a joke filled with satire, there is much to be said in defence for the three wise men (actually, we do not know how many Magi visited, only that there were three gifts, hence the tradition that they were three wise men). Yet unfortunately, we only have room here for one rebuttal.

On first appearance, the gifts which were presented to Jesus do seem odd. I mean, what use does a youngster have with gold, frankincense and myrrh? Now whilst it is true that these gifts were not practical, they were nevertheless appropriate, as each gift reveals something of Jesus’ identity and purpose.

Gold is the gift to present to a king, which emphasises Jesus’ identity as the long awaited messiah, the anointed king, frankincense is the fitting offering to God, which implies Jesus’ divine nature and most surprising of all, myrrh was used in the embalming process of the deceased, which points to Jesus’ purpose for coming, his atoning death on the cross.

Not only did the Magi give such costly and appropriate treasures, but they also gave of their time (about a four month journey of over fifteen hundred kilometres) and their talents (their astrological ability to know of and follow the significance of the guiding star). Even today, in fact, in every age, the appropriate response to Jesus, as was the Magi’s, is to give him our three T’s; our treasure, time and talent. As we commence the New Year, may we follow the lead of the Magi by giving of ourselves entirely to the one who gave himself entirely for us.     

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