THE THREE KINGS DAY CELEBRATIONS
INTRODUCTION: My own personal family has
celebrated the THREE KINGS DAY for many years, and I thought it might be a good idea to explain what the ‘THREE KINGS’ CELEBRATION is all about.
- By S.N.Strutt
THE THREE KINGS CELEBRATIONS is also known as ‘Epiphany’, and is an ancient festival celebrating the Magi’s (THE 3 WISEMEN)
visit to Jesus as a young child. (Matthew 2.1-12)..
Epiphany is also called “Three Kings’ Day” and “Twelfth Day”—the latter
name because January 6 is twelve days after Christmas.
In general it is celebrated on the first Sunday that falls on or around this date of the 6th January.
The word Epiphany means “manifestation” or “revelation.” Thus, the holiday celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi
Editor: Steve: Here are the exact scriptures given concerning the EVENT OF THE THREE KINGS:
MAT.2:1 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,
MAT.2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east,
and are come to worship him.
MAT.2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
MAT.2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea:
for thus it is written by the prophet,
MAT.2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor,
that shall rule my people Israel.
MAT.2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
MAT.2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
MAT.2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down,
and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
MAT.2:12 And being warned of God
in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
MORE ABOUT THE THREE WISEMEN
The three wise men, also known as magi, were men belonging to various educated classes. Our English word magician comes from this same root. But these wise men were not magicians in the modern sense of sleight-of-hand performers. They were of noble
birth, educated, wealthy, and influential. They were philosophers, the counsellors of rulers, learned in all the wisdom of the ancient East. The wise men who came seeking the Christ child were not idolaters; they were upright men of integrity.
They had apparently studied the Hebrew Scriptures and found there a clear transcript of truth. In particular, the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament must have claimed their attention, and among these they found the words of
Balaam: “A Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17, NKJV). They certainly were acquainted with
the prophecy of Micah: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel”
(Micah 5:2, NKJV; see also Matthew 2:5, 6).
On the night of Christ’s birth, a mysterious light
appeared in the sky which became a luminous star that persisted in the western heavens (see Matthew 2:1, 2). Impressed with its import, the wise men turned once more to the sacred scrolls. As they tried to understand the meaning of the sacred writings,
they determined to go in search of the Messiah. Like Abraham, they knew not at first where they were to go, but followed as the guiding star led them on their way.