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Three Kings Behold the Star of Bethlehem
"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed" (Matthew 2:10)
Christmas Greeting Card 2009
To all of my Flickr friends,
With inspiration from various photos in my archives, I developed this scene in post-processing to impart my Christmas greetings to each of you this year. For those who celebrate the birth of Christ, I wish you a Merry Christmas. And for all of my friends, please accept my warmest wishes that you will have the happiest, healthiest and most successful New Year. It is a joy to share a bit of life's pleasures with you here on flickr throughout the year!
The Story Behind the Image
In Christian tradition the Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three) Kings, or Kings from the East, are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts. They are mentioned only in the Gospel of Matthew, which says that they came "from the east" to worship the Christ, "born King of the Jews". (Wikipedia)
The Biblical Book of Matthew 2:1-12 (NIV) describes the visit of the Magi
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.
"In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' "
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.