The Homesick Human Heart

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Sermon Text: Isaiah 60:1-3, 5 and Matthew 2:1-12
We three kings of Orient Are,” says the hymn. Isaiah calls them “kings,” but Matthew calls them “magoi” or “wisemen,” probably astrologers, probably from Babylon, who watched the skies for portents of meteorological events and plagues and the births and deaths of important people. Were they also kings? It’s possible.
That there were three of them was inferred from the three gifts they brought - “gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” And the church tradition even gave them names: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. But we really don’t know how many there were.
What we do know is that they were pagans, non-Jews, who were looking for the Christ-child, so they could worship him. There had always been hints of universalism in the Jewish tradition…
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