It's Easter, the happiest time of the church year. And I've discovered a lovely correlation between the traditional Three Magi of Christmas and the traditional Three Marys of Easter. It makes for a beautiful balance, particularly in Matthew's Gospel, where the story of the Magi is recorded.
The Three Magi...
- Came from the east
- Brought incense and myrrh
- "Where is the boy born King of the Jews?"
- Went to the wrong place first (Jerusalem)
- Real answer was in Bethlehem, "for this is what the prophet has written"
- "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed"
- Bowed down and worshipped him
- Sent back to their country by another route
The Three Marys...
- Came at sunrise (east)
- Brought myrrh and spices
- "Tell me where you have put him"
- "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here"
- Real answer had been foretold by Jesus. "Remember how he told you..."
- They were "afraid yet filled with joy"
- Clasped his feet and worshipped him
- Told to await Jesus in Galilee
I also decided to make a picture of my discovery (see above). I wish you the joy of Easter, especially to my fellow-believers and those suffering persecution.