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Celebrating the Epiphany!

If you don’t know what the Epiphany is, it’s a Christian holiday also referred to as “3 Kings Day”.  This is the day people celebrate that Jesus was visited by the three kings who were Gentiles.

Yeah I know, we typically think of the three kings visiting Jesus in the stable but the Bible doesn’t ever say that!

The Feast of the Epiphany Explained in 2 min

This short video above explains what the Epiphany is.

In the book of Luke, chapter 2, the Bible tells the story of the Roman Caesar issuing a tax. To pay this tax, you had to travel back to the place you were from (isn’t it nice that we don’t have to do that now days?). We see Joseph and a pregnant Mary traveling to Bethlehem and finding that there was no room in the inn.  While they were in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus in the stable and laid him in a manger. Then the scene cuts to the shepherds in the field, the angels appeared to them giving them the good news and the shepherds left their flocks and went to see Jesus. Then the scene cuts to when Jesus is eight days old and Mary and Joseph take him to the temple to be circumcised.  They meet Simeon and Anna there. And then the book of Luke cuts to when Jesus is twelve days old.

Here is a great animation on the book of Luke

The book of Luke never talks about three kings visiting Jesus, nor do the books of Mark and John.

However, we find the story in the book of Matthew, chapter 2. (Incidentally, the book of Matthew does not talk about the shepherds visiting Jesus.)

Also, the book of Matthew does not say there were three wise men.  It simply says “wise men.” It has been assumed that there were three wise men from the fact that there were three presents given to Jesus.

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