[quote="williams02, post:1, topic:178059"]
I can't find it on past searches, but when did the 3 wise men find baby Jesus on the night he was born? I heard that they were late, and didn't find him until a year later. But I always thought they found him that night. I was hoping you guys could help me out here.
Scripture doesn't tell us the exact time but it does let us know it was not at the time of His birth:Matt 2:10-11 "When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After **coming into the house* they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.Notice that the text reveals the family was living in a **house* at that time and Jesus is called a "child," not a "baby," as in Luke chapter two when the shepherds were told of His birth.
Also, Scripture doesn't say there were "three" magi, it just says, "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem..." (Matt. 2:1). The tradition of "three" magi probably caught on because they presented three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But we don't really know how many magi there actually were that searched for "the One who has been born King of the Jews."