We Three Kings…


We Three Kings...
Who were they?

It's time to wish you a Happy New Year already! I hope you had a safe and fun New Year's Eve! Christmas Day, with its images of the baby in a manger, has come and gone, but there's still more to the Christmas story. I'm not quite ready to take down my lights and nativity set. The three kings have been making their way toward the manger scene, but they haven't arrived yet. What's the deal with the three kings anyway? Where do they fit in?

If you own a nativity set, you will surely have figures of three kings. I've always been fascinated by them and their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. One of my favorite Christmas books (I have a collection) that I would often read to my kids over the holidays is called,
The Fourth Wise Man. It follows a king who didn't make it in time to travel with the other three, because of a good deed he was called to do. The story tells of his lifelong journey to find the King of Kings.

According to the account in the Bible, we only know that there were some wise men from the East who eventually found Jesus by following his star. We don't know how many there were, exactly where they came from, or when they arrived. However, many legends have been spawned from these sparse facts.

In some Christian traditions and cultures, holiday celebrations are built around the story of the wise men, not Santa Claus. The Twelve Days of Christmas are celebrated beginning on Christmas Day. To commemorate the fact that the kings brought gifts to Jesus, small gifts are given to children each day or at the end of the 12 days. The final celebration of Christmas is marked by a feast, either on Twelfth Night (January 5th) or Epiphany (January 6th). The three kings from the nativity set are finally placed with the others. The kings have arrived! A king's cake is served and whoever gets the piece of cake with a token or bean in it, is crowned King (or Queen) of the Day!

Why are we so fascinated by this story?

I think it's because we can relate so well to the wise men. They were not blessed with a personal visit by an angel, like the shepherds were. They studied. They learned that a special king would be born, and they pursued him. They gave up time (maybe years), the comfort of home, and great wealth, all because of their desire to see him. When they found him, they were awed to the point of falling on their knees, as they worshiped and adored him. They must have known something very important had happened!

Like the kings, we have probably not had a personal visit from an angel messenger, but we sense that something important has happened. We must study the Bible and other sources to find Jesus, the King of Kings. Then we must make some decisions. What will we give up to pursue him? What can we offer him? Will it take us a lifetime, like the fourth wise man, to find him?

We Three Kings of Orient Are… us! 

My resolution for the new year is to keep seeking wisdom and knowledge as I pursue the King of Kings. I've started with the purchase of a classic book of daily devotions called Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman. I've also joined an online accountability group for reading through the whole Bible in 2014 and discussing it with each other. Yikes! That one makes me nervous. And today, I begin. Please pray for me, that I can stay the course.

As you strive to be healthy this year, food and fitness are important--but don't forget to feed your faith as well.  Be wise. Seek the Prince of Peace and King of Kings with all your heart, soul and strength. And, have a very Happy and Blessed New Year!

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