We give each other gifts to celebrate Christmas. Following the example of the three wise men, consider three gifts that you should give to Jesus Christ.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
In these verses, three wise men came from the East seeking Jesus. What a powerful illustration! Wise men still seek Jesus! They came from Babylon following a star and the Spirit.
We don’t know the exact timing of this event. Some Protestant Churches celebrate the wise men’s arrival 12 days after Christmas calling it Epiphany or Three Kings Day. We know that Christ was no longer a newborn (He is called a young child in verse eleven) but younger than two years of age (verse 16). They traveled hundreds of miles seeking the Child.The Wise Men brought three gifts to Jesus. Each gift describes an element of Who Christ is and reveals what gifts we should offer Him today. Click To Tweet
Although not inspired or infallible like the Bible, tradition offers the possible names and regions of these wise men. Melchior hailed from Persia, Gaspar (also called “Caspar” or “Jaspar”) from India, and Balthazar from Arabia.
The word “wise men” is the Greek word μάγος (magŏs, mag´-os). The singular word is magi. It was used for oriental scientists or sorcerers. Historians postulate that these men were Zoroastrian priests. Many courts in eastern cultures of the time, had astrologers and magicians who served as priestly advisors. Some stories and songs call the magis “kings,” but that is not revealed in Scripture.
Regardless of who they were and where they came from, these men were drawn to worship the newborn Christ.(more…)