We Three Kings is one of my favorite Christmas songs, largely because it helps to explain the meaning of one of my favorite parts of the nativity story, from Matthew 2:1-12. The gifts of the Wise Men are fascinating to me. The wise men brought three gifts with them: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. As the verses of this song so beautifully explain, each gift has a symbolic meaning: Gold to pay tribute to a King, Frankincense to worship God, and Myrrh (a strong-smelling perfume) to anoint a body before burial.
How did these non-Jewish wise men know that this baby was not just a King, but also God and Sacrifice? Well, some scholars believe that these Wise Men may have been students from a school that was founded by the Old Testament Prophet Daniel during his exile in Babylon. However they got their information, they were honoring Jesus for who He truly was and would always be: the promised Savior and perfect Light of the world!