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The wise men were a different kind of people.
They were distinguished in category and they also were considered as magi.
The word tells us they came from the east to see the newborn baby of Mary and Joseph.
It took them a long time to arrive. We often see the images of the wise men at the stable.
That isn’t so. They didn’t really arrive till the baby was almost a year old.
There were many months of travel time till they came to the right ‘place’ of worship following the leading of the stars in the sky.
When they did arrive they brought the most unusual gifts for the baby.
These gifts were ordinary for a king but not for a little baby.
One was gold suggesting royalty.
One was frankincense suggesting prayer and worship.
One was myrrh suggesting suffering and death.
Wouldn’t that be strange gifts for a new baby?
Not if prophecy was surrounding the birth of this special little child.
These gifts were appropriate for the role Jesus would play later.
I am sure Mary knew enough about these gifts to continually ponder all that she had seen and observed about her new baby.
Royal gifts for her ‘special’ son would bring deeper meaning to her heart.
The wise men came to see and bow down to him ‘who was born’ in Bethlehem.
The wise men brought gifts to the chosen one.
You wonder what they felt like after all that journey.
When they looked upon his sweet face and presented all they had to offer him.
The significance of the moment was huge.
You wonder what the wisemen were thinking when they finally arrived.
Matthew 2:9-10 Instructed by the king (Herod), they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!
11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.