Meaning of Three Wise Men

What are the Three Wise Men:

The wise men are Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar. The wise men were kings of eastern territories who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts for the future king of kings: the Child Jesus.

According to the New Testament of the Bible, the three wise men were wise people who followed the wake of the star of Bethlehem because they knew that it would indicate the birthplace of the child Jesus, Son of God.

See also Star of Bethlehem.

These kings are called "magicians" not in the sense of witches. The word "magician", in this context, has its origin in the Greek magoi, which referred to people of educated classes, that is, wise.

The three wise men set out on the journey carrying the gift they would offer to the new king. The wizard king Melchior, who was characterized by his wisdom, carried a chest of gold. King Gaspar, called "the generous and kind one", prepared special incenses as a gift, and King Baltasar decided to offer the new king with myrrh, used to make perfumes, medicine and papyri.

The Three Kings Day is celebrated in some countries, such as Spain, on January 6, the day when children who have behaved well receive gifts from the kings.

The wise men are part of the representations of Bethlehem or the manger because they are characters who were present at the birth of Jesus.

See also

  • Belen.
  • Rosca de Reyes.

The arrival of the wise men at the birthplace of Jesus Christ is considered an epiphany of the Lord, that is, a divine manifestation because it revealed the birth of the son of God.

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