People are disappointed to read the Bible and find that the 3 wise men didn’t visit the baby Jesus on or even near Christmas.
The Gospel of Matthew states five times that when the wise men paid their visit to Bethlehem, they found Jesus to be a young Child (Matthew 2:8, 9, 11, 13, 14). The original word always refers to a toddler.
The wise men also found Jesus, not in a manger, but living in a house (Matt 2:11).
These facts reveal why the evil King Herod had all boys under the age of 2 years murdered rather than just newborns (Matt 2:16).
Now there is something valuable we can gain from the magi who sought out, found, and gave gifts to the young King of the Jews (Matt 2:2). However many magi there were, they gave gifts worthy of a king: the precious metal gold, the perfume frankincense, and the aromatic oil myrrh. They gave gifts which men – both in giving and receiving – find to be of great value.
Yes, we make Christmas about the gifts we give to others, and there is nothing really wrong in that, but we must never forget that the celebration of Christmas is about what God gave to mankind. What Gift does the Almighty God give to sinful men, both great and small? What kind of Presence would God bestow to unworthy people like us? He gave us His most precious Son: Immanuel, “God with us.”
When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive the adoption as His sons (Galatians 4:4-5).