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Celestial Commentary – Scene 3 – Wise men [3/5]

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 worshipped 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.

Matthew 2:1-12

Angel 2
Check out that lean, mean, blinged-up beast of a camel?! I tell you – if I ever have to go for a mission on earth disguised as a human, I totally want one of those!
Angel 1
And doubtless, if you are, you won't get one.
Angel 2
Your pessimism won't stop me from asking!
Angel 1
Strange, don't you think? The difference between these guys and the shepherds? They were uneducated, underprivileged and unwanted. But these guys look like they've got it made?! How many servants have they brought with them?
Angel 2
1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … wait – did that guy move? Where was I? 4.
Angel 1
(Interrupts) That was a rhetorical question?! I was saying they've got loads of of servants. Did you notice how they waltzed into Herod's palace without even an invitation? Who turns up like that?
Angel 2
(Sarcastically) Uh... the Magi?
Angel 1
These guys are loaded, ridiculously well connected and yet they trudge miles through the desert until to visit a baby whose parents couldn't even afford a crib to put him in?
Angel 2
You put it like that... but that “baby whose parents couldn't even afford a crib” is the Almighty, the one who made the universe. And you, for that matter?!
Angel 1
Yes – and I mean Him no disrespect, but to see a guy with that much wealth, that much power go so far to worship the Almighty... I'm not sure I've ever seen that from a human before.
Angel 2
(pauses) You may have a point there. You may have a point.