Thursday, December 15, 2005

Magi - Wise Men who Visited Christ

Magi - Wise Men who Visited Christ

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem . . .
Mathew 2:1

The Gospel of Matthew records the Magi as the first religious figures to worship Christ. Indeed of their three gifts, the last is the most important: myrrh. Myrrh was an herb that was mixed with oil to make a chrism, that is the ointment marking Jesus as a royal figure, a healer, and the divine Christ. This means that the Magi arrived at the stable with knowledge of the religious and cosmic importance of Christ's birth.

According to legends the name of the magi was Melchior, Balthazar, and Casper

A Shrine of the Three Kings at Cologne Cathedral, according to tradition, contains the bones of the Three Wise Men. Reputedly they were first discovered by Saint Helena on her famous pilgrimage to Palestine and the Holy Lands. She took the remains to the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople; they were later moved to Milan, before being sent to their current resting place by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I in 1164.

Some Myths about Magi

1, They were 3 wise men - Bible doesnt says about the number of wise men
2, They came in camels - No, its not mentioned
3, They came from Perisa - Not sure, but it can be.
4, They were kings - Its said they were wise men not Kings
5, They came and visted christ at the stable on the day of his birth - not sure its on christmas itslef

We know from the Bible that wise men came from the east, that they followed a star to Bethlehem to find the Christ child, and that they brought him gold, and frankincense and myrrh. We must look to sources external to the Bible to find the origins of myths in details

Read about the visit of Magi in Bible (Malayalam)


silverine said...

Monu all your recent posts have been wonderful. I have been forwarding them around. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

The old Testament prophecy is about eastern kings visiting the Messiah, so even though the New Testament doesn't mention that the Magi were kings, it seems reasonable to think they were.