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Wise Men

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.  January 5, 2014 The Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the […] Read More

The Journey of Faith

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. December 29, 2013 Matthew 2:1-12 This morning, our attention is drawn to the visit of the Wise Men to Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Only Matthew records this story, and he does so with great detail. This tells me it was important to his understanding […] Read More

What happened to the wise men’s gold given to Jesus after his birth in Bethlehem? I first asked the question in a 2010 editorial: “So, what happened to that wealth? What did Mary and Joseph do with the gold?” I asked a second time in a 2011 editorial. I noted a few of the responses […] Read More

When the Persian astronomers found Jesus in Bethlehem, “they fell down and worshipped him,” reads Matthew 2:11. “Opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” The word “treasures” means “treasure chests,” according to a dusty commentary on Matthew written by John A. Broadus, who noted the “Oriental custom” of giving gifts […] Read More