We’re not told how many men came. Undoubtedly there were more than three. Being royalty and educated men they must’ve had a caravan of servants. There were possibly other men of science who were interested in the super nova written about in the ancient scrolls. This star would lead them to Jerusalem and King Herod.
Herod became interested in this impending threat to his own throne. He tricked the men into telling him where the child was born so that he could eliminate every male child under the age of two.
They came from the east and traveled over deserts and mountain ranges. It was probably two years before they arrived. By this time the Son of God and His parents were now living in a house. They must have been surprised to be greeted by these men of wealth, knowledge and power.
We know they carried treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These gifts were most fitting for the king they hoped to find. The gold was representative of his royalty. The frankincense indicated that this king was also God, who should be worshipped as such. Myrrh was an expensive ointment used in the preparation of a body for burial. This final gift would be used when the newborn king was readied for His own interment.
Previously we saw how this child, born in poverty, came to the world for the shepherds, the common people and the poor. Now it’s revealed that He was born for all people. Jesus doesn’t exist for only one class of people. He was born to save the entire world.
God isn’t selective in His forgiveness. It’s available to everyone. His requirements for obeying His law are great – too great for us to handle. We all need a redeemer and Jesus was sent for that very purpose. The poor shepherds in the field knew that as well as the wealthy men who brought their precious gifts to Him. Both groups had incredible news to share with others. After seeing this child, they knew that the Messiah had come to the world to save it. They couldn’t contain their joy so they rapidly spread the news.
Our epiphany should be like that. We have been gifted with the promise of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. That news is way too important to keep to ourselves, especially in a world filled with constant chaos.
Dear, Holy, Father, God, your Christmas gift to the world is the most precious gift we could receive. You sent your own Son, born from the bloodline of King David, to fulfill your covenant with mankind. You alone could provide the perfect atonement for our sins. Thank you for this amazing gift and lead us to share the news that life everlasting awaits those who ask for it. Keep us in that faith even when the world looks hopeless and our divisions widen. Bring us together through the knowledge that Jesus is King of Kings and He reigns over all the world. Amen!