When our Lord Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Herod was the king. He ruled from Jerusalem. One day, wise men came to Jerusalem from the East. They asked “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw a star in the East that means he was born, and we came so that we can worship him.”
When Herod the king heard about this, it bothered him. He was the king, and didn’t want anyone else to be. He called together many smart people: the chief priests, who were in charge of the temple, and the scribes, who knew how to write and read. He asked them where the Christ (the savior) was supposed to be born.
The smart people told Herod that the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem. They knew this, because one of the prophets had said that it would happen, and that a ruler would come from Bethlehem who would be in charge of God’s people, Israel.
Herod had a secret meeting with the wise men from the East. They told him when the star first appeared in the sky. Then, he sent them on to Bethlehem. He said, “Look hard for the child. After you find him, come back, and tell me about him and where I can find him. I want to worship him, too!”
Then the wise men left King Herod and started going to Bethlehem. The star that they had seen when they were still at home (in the East) guided their way. It stopped right over the place where Mary and Jesus were.
When the wise men saw Jesus, they worshiped Him. They brought out gifts that they had brought for Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They gave the gifts to Jesus. They were very happy to have found Him!
The wise men were warned in a dream about King Herod, that he didn’t really want to worship Jesus, but rather, he wanted to kill Him. So, instead of going back to Jerusalem to meet with King Herod and tell him about Jesus and where to find Him, they went home a different way.
1. Who was the king, when Jesus was born?
2. Who came to visit that king? What did they want?
3. Where did the chief priests and scribes tell Herod that the Christ would be born? How did they know?
4. Where was Jesus born?
5. What helped the wise men find Jesus after they left Herod’s palace? How did they feel when they found Him?
6.What did the wise men do when they found Jesus?
7. Did the wise men tell Herod about finding Jesus? Why or why not?