Only younger grandson plunged - briefly, very briefly!
And so to the beach. But to reach the working parts of this fossil-encrusted resort, it was necessary to pass a bookshop.
The Magi were important because their journey was based on a selection of those prophecies, notably ones about Bethlehem and descendancy in the line of King David.
God's Messiah would be an eternal King "reigning" in heaven. O.K., a tricky concept, but think of the image of regal magnificence, perfection of purpose and shining glory. Nothing tainted could ever be allowed in heaven, hence ...
To embalm the dead. There is a spooky logic about the core message of Christianity. God must exclude all that falls short of his standards from His perfect heaven. Sin is punished by "eternal" death. But Jesus death on the cross was a substitutionary death, through which we can claim "eternal" life.
Whatever modern readers may think, this was the not-very-well-hidden message of the Magi.
No wonder Mary "pondered these things!