The Three Kings, or Magi, are mentioned only in the Gospel of Matthew. Few details are given about these men in the Bible, and most of our ideas about them actually come from tradition or speculation. Scripture does not say how many wise men there were, but it is generally assumed three, since they brought three gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The Three Kings recognized Jesus Christ as the Messiah while he was still a child and traveled thousands of miles to worship him. They doggedly followed a star that led them to Jesus. By the time they met Jesus, he was in a house and was a child, not an infant, implying they arrived a year or more after his birth. Their gifts symbolize Christ’s identity and mission: gold for a king, incense for God, and myrrh, used to anoint the dead. God honored the wise men by warning them in a dream to go home by another route and not to report back to King Herod.
The Three Kings were among the wisest men of their time. Discovering the Messiah was to be born, they organized an expedition to find him, following a star that led them to Bethlehem. Despite their culture and religion in a foreign land, they accepted Jesus as their Savior. We too must have that faith and belief sincerely in our hearts.
We learn from the three wise men. When we seek God with sincere determination, we will find him. He is not hiding from us but wants to have an intimate relationship with each of us. In order to have that close relationship, we must follow the example of the wise men. These wise men paid Jesus the kind of respect only God deserves, bowing before him and worshiping him. They didn’t realize Jesus was the Son of God but knew he was the Savior. Today, we know he is the Son of God.
After the Three Kings met Jesus, they did not go back the way they came. When we get to know Jesus Christ, we are changed forever and cannot go back to our old life.