9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
I hadn't thought of this before, but the Magi were an indicator that Jesus was not just good news for the Jews but for the world as a whole. These were foreigners who weren't part of a Jewish culture looking for a Messiah. Yet, despite all that, they were overjoyed with the prospect of this kid.
However, I might want to take the "Despite all that" back; the Jews of the day were so used to a string of false messiahs that they were conditioned to be skeptical of the real One. When these would-be seers saw something major going down in Judea, they could accpet Jesus without a lot of baggage and gave gifts oddly marking his future, including a gift of funeral geal.
The Magi also had nothing invested in the local status quo. Herod, on the other hand, had a lot invested and wanted to keep his job.