Imagine, if you will, one of the Magi announcing to his wife that he and his friends are going on a long trip to see a newborn child …
“You are going to visit a what?” “A baby.” “I thought you said baby.” “Yes. A special child who may some day become a king.” “And what makes you think he’s been born?” “When we were studying the stars the other night, we saw in the Western sky a remarkable configuration of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. We believe it is a sign of royal birth.” “Then why don’t you act like normal people and wait until the child takes over the throne?” “We could do that, I suppose, but we don’t think he’s your ordinary garden-variety, run-of-the-mill king.” “So you’re going to scour the entire world for one baby who may or may not turn out to be a king?” “Not really. Remember that Jewish merchant who sold us jewelry a few years ago?” “Yes.…
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