Happy Epiphany!

Today, Christians all over the world are celebrating the Epiphany.

Not exactly sure what “the Epiphany” is? We’re here to help. Take the official …


1.  The Epiphany:
a.  Is traditionally celebrated on the 12th day of Christmas
b.  Celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ child
c.  Signifies the manifestation of Christ to non-Jewish people
d.  All of the above

(Correct answer: “d.”)

2.  When exactly did the Magi visit Jesus?
a.  While he was lying in the manger
b.  Months after his birth, in a house
c.  On Jesus’ 1st birthday celebration at King Herod’s palace
d.  They didn’t

(Correct answer: “b.” See Matthew 2:9-10.)

3.  How many Magi were there?
a.  3
b.  7
c.  A “host”
d.  We don’t know

(Correct Answer: “d.” The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly how many Magi were there.)

4.  What exactly are “Magi” anyway?
a.  Wise men
b.  Kings
c.  Astrologers
d.  Magicians

(Correct Answer: “c.” That’s the most accurate translation, according to lots of large-brained theologians. “Wise men” is probably the second most popular.)

5.  What gifts did the Magi give to Jesus?
a.  Gift card to a Christian bookstore
b.  Real estate
c.  Gold, incense and myrrh
d.  We don’t know

(Correct Answer: “c.” See Matthew 2:11.)

Here are the verses describing this often-misunderstood and historically significant event:

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.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

The Bible indicates that the king and “all Jerusalem” were “disturbed” by this news. Here’s what happened next:

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 a different route.

(Matthew 2:7-12)

Thank God that he sent His one and only Son for all of us. Worship Jesus joyfully with all your heart and use all your gifts for His glory.



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