1st December 2017

Born a King 

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him’”
Matthew 2:1-2 (ESVUK)

Royalty has been in the news much these days, and we are approaching the season when Christians around the world invite everyone to celebrate the King of kings.

In Matthew 2 we read the story of the arrival of non-Jewish wise men who came to pay homage to the child Jesus, who was born a king, the king of the Jews. Matthew takes great care to include the Gentiles in the gospel narratives because he understands that Jesus is not just of the Jews but also of the whole world. It’s interesting that he begins the story of the life of Jesus with a genealogy that includes Gentiles (Rahab and Ruth), mentions that these Gentile wise men are among the first to acknowledge Jesus as King, and ends his account with the story of Christ’s telling his disciples to go to to all nations with the good news, not just to the Jews.

Jesus, of course, was not born just with the hope of being a king, he was born already a king, as we can read in the verse above. It wasn’t that he was born with the possibility of becoming king one day, he was already king. This made his birth more of a threat to King Herod than if it were just a chance that Jesus might be the King of the Jews one day. It was not that Christ was a prince born into the royal line, who was therefore an heir to the throne — the wise men are saying quite clearly that Jesus is the rightful king and that even the Gentiles recognise his kingship.

Jesus, the King, was worshipped by the wise men, and it is Jesus to whom one day “every knee shall bow” (Romans 14:11 and Philippians 2:10). 

Thank you, Father, that Jesus was born our King, and help us please to proclaim his kingdom to the whole world. In Jesus
’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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