The wise men gave Jesus the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Each of these three gifts corresponds to aspects of Jesus’s identity and redemptive mission in the world. The gold is symbolic of Jesus’s royalty. Jesus wasn’t the King of an earthly empire, but the King of the cosmos. He is the one through whom and by whom all things were created (Colossians 1:6). He is the preeminent One; the Son of God. He is the Prince of Peace and King of kings. It is by his word that the universe is upheld (Hebrews 1:3).