After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-2).
We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, Moor and mountain,
Following yonder star (“We Three Kings” written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.).
We all know the words, don’t we? “We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar.” If we don’t know the rest of the lyrics, we can certainly hum along.
Other than the birth of Jesus itself, there is perhaps no other event written that has garnered so much attention and resulted in more Christmas traditions than the story of the Magi from the east who came to visit Jesus and give him gifts worthy of a king.
Wait though…Magi? Really? Isn’t it three wise men? No, wait, three kings, right? Well, yes…and no.