Men who studied the heavens saw the brilliant star of Bethlehem appear in the Eastern sky. They knew this was no ordinary event! It was a celestial sign that the King of the Jews had been born.
King Herod was the ruler of Israel under the Romans. When he heard about the wise men and their search, he became afraid that Jesus would overthrow him. So, Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star appeared. Then he sent them on their way saying, “Go and search for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.
So, they set out to pay homage to this newborn king; taking with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Each night, the star would appear like a compass showing the way forward until they found the special baby with Mary, and they fell down and worshipped him and offered their gifts to him.
After they saw Jesus, the wise men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they left for their own country by another road.