12 Christmas Characters: Wise Men

Welcome! In light of the holiday season, I wanted to share the Christmas story, but I didn't want to look at in the traditional way. Christmas isn't about Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, it is about the birth of Jesus. By Christmas Eve, I will focus on 12 people surrounding Jesus' birth and their role in the story. I welcome your thoughts and hope to express why I love Christmas so much.

Three wise men are mentioned in the story of Jesus' birth. Wise men were also known as Magi. They were very smart men and studied star movements. When Jesus was born a special star shone in the sky. The wise men came looking for the star they had seen in the East.

After travelling for some time, they came to speak to Herod, the king of Judea. They asked Herod:

Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him (Matthew 2:2)

The way the wise men posed their question shows us they knew Jesus was the King of the Jews. Author Henrietta C. Mears indicated the book of Matthew was written from the standpoint that Jesus was a King and had the lineage of one. This is why Matthew recorded the wise men visiting Jesus. 

Once the Wise men left Herod, they found Joseph, Mary and Jesus. Matthew writes that they bowed and worshipped Jesus. They also brought Jesus 3 gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These were gifts one would give a king, a priest and one who was to be buried. Jesus was all of these things.  

Even though Herod wanted them to come back and tell him where they had found Jesus, the wise men were warned in a dream to not return to him. Instead, they went home a different way. I love that the wise men knew Jesus was the promised King.

To read this for yourself, visit Matthew 2:1-12