The question I want to ask at this point is whether you've had an experience similar to that of the wise men. Was there a time in your life when you looked for the solution to your own problems from a secular answer? Whether your problem was insecurity, guilt, or lack of direction, you thought that you would find the answer by secular success, wealth, sex, pleasure or whatever it may be. Perhaps you looked for these things and yet like the wise men, you found them to be unsatisfactory. 

The story doesn't tell us a great deal about the change that must have taken place in them. The story breaks off, and we're not told what they did differently once they got back to their own country or even what they talked about on the way. God, who revealed the birth of Christ to them by a star, and then later spoke to them directly in a vision or a dream, no doubt gave them enough illumination to understand that the one whom they had seen and worshiped was indeed God's Son, the Savior of the world.

A number of years ago, I came across a Christian tract that was entitled Famous Last Words. It contained in it the last words of a number of well-known men. The point of the tract was that what the men said at the very end of their lives was significant. For those men who were not Christians, it revealed the weakness of their philosophy in the face of death, and in the case of Christians, their last words testified to the strength of the Christian gospel.

I've said that we're able to bring nothing to Christ, who is our Savior, but we must come with our faith. We must come believing. Moreover, there's a sense in which, by faith, we too may present the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

We looked at the spiritual significance of each of the three gifts given to Jesus by the wise men: gold, frankincense, and myrrh—gold for royalty, frankincense for the purity of his life, and myrrh for suffering. And yet the study would be incomplete unless I were also to take you to one other verse that bears upon the gifts of the wise men.