I’ve always loved this chapter. The wise men packed up their treasures, traveled far from home, and went to see Jesus. They were exceedingly glad when they arrived and I imagine the giddiness of the journey as they knew what awaited them. The joy and the worship and the offerings. What a scene it must have been.
Herod only saw Jesus as a threat to his power and his position. The same event that brought the wise men such joy troubled Herod greatly.
Then there are the scribes and priests in Jerusalem who, when asked, knew the prophesies regarding the coming Messiah but did not recognize that they had been fulfilled.
The wise men had learned the prophesies – but were also looking for the fulfillment of them. They knew about the coming Messiah and they also were also eager to encounter him.
👉 Are we only interested in learning about Jesus or are we eager to encounter him?
👉 The genealogy of Jesus contains a liar, harlot, and murderer. And those are just the sins that made the pages. They were human – like us – and so they would have struggled with envy, worry, and addictions. Ordinary people who were a part of an amazing story.
The coming of Christ was a promise thousands of years in the making. The sins and the struggles of the people could not stop it. The enemy could not stop it.
betrothed to Joseph
with child from the Holy Spirit
a just man
unwilling to shame Mary
decided to divorce her quietly
believed and obeyed the angel of the Lord
conceived from the Holy Spirit
will save his people from their sins
Immanuel – God with us
👉 I hope you’ll join me as I journal my way through Matthew’s gospel!