The Visit of the Wise Men | Gospel of Matthew 2: 1 – 12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, magi from the east came to Jerusalem, 

asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star in the east and have come to pay him homage.” 

When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him, 

and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 

They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’

Then Herod secretly called for the magi and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 

Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 

When they had heard the king, they set out, and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen in the east, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 

10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 

11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Summary – The Visit of the Wise Men

The Visit of the Wise Men in the Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12) recounts the arrival of Magi from the east to Jerusalem.

These wise men seek the newly born King of the Jews and inquire about His whereabouts.

King Herod, disturbed by this news, consults with the chief priests and teachers of the law. They point to the prophecy from Micah, which identifies Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah.

Herod secretly meets with the Magi, learns the time of the star’s appearance, and instructs them to find the child.

The star leads the Magi to Bethlehem, where they discover Jesus with His mother, Mary. They worship Him and present gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

Warned in a dream, they avoid Herod and return home by a different route.

The story emphasizes the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and the homage paid to the newborn King.