I have often pondered the Wise Men and their role in the first Christmas. They came from far away, were gentiles, and possessed apparent wealth. The word Magi comes from a root that is most times translated magician, astronomer, or astrologer. This root could also mean magnificent, renowned, and/or super important (mega).
We are not told the number of men. They were not likely to have been kings but they had some amount of wealth due to the prolonged journey to find the Christchild and the value of the gifts they presented.
How could they have known about the birth of Christ? Apparently they began following the star (which led them to the location of Christ) without knowing exactly where it would lead? It could have been that once they got close to Jerusalem, they heard the talk of how angels appeared to the shepherds and told them about God’s son being born. We do not know for sure. Could they have known about Isaiah’s prophecy about Immanuel? If they did, they would have been exceedingly glad about seeing the child.
We will not know all of the details of the Wise Men on this side fo Glory. We do know why they are considered wise, however. Because they sought after Christ and worshipped Him! Now that was wise indeed.
Have a most blessed and celebratory Christmas and a wonderful New Year from the Truthinator!