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Daily Reading: 12th May 2016

Matthew 2.2-3

2 saying: “Where is the One having been born the King of the Jews? For in the east we saw His star, and we have come to worship Him.”

3 Now on hearing this King Herod was disturbed and all Jerusalem with him.

The enquiry of the wise men is simple and without any political overtones: Where is the One having been born King of the Jews?

They were not looking for just a small baby, but they were looking to the future for they were seeking a monarch, a ruler and governor.

In our Christmas celebrations we have the opportunity to lead people to see Jesus as the King of Kings, not just a baby laid in a manger.

It is said that Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year for families. We can de stress Christmas and any other times of stress by focusing on Jesus and worshipping Him as our King and Saviour.

Herod was agitated by what he was hearing. He was drawing toward the close of his life. Several times he had changed his will to indicate who should succeed him.

The news he was now hearing from the wise men was causing his paranoia to go into overdrive. The possibility of another king being born was unbalancing his mind even more. He was a king who had suffered a number of assassination plots (some imagined) and now he was assuming another such conspiracy was beginning.

Matthew records that the whole of Jerusalem was also troubled. It seems to have lost its peace. Perhaps because the inhabitants were aware of the blood thirsty nature of their king; as it turned out with good reason.

Coming face to face with Jesus will often cause people to be perturbed. When the will of Jesus for our life crosses the path of our will there is likely to be an agitation in our spirit, because we know that to follow His ways will require our ways to become subject to Him. This was true for Jesus, especially in the garden of Gethsemane when He prayed: “Not My will, but Your will be done”.

As we pray this prayer we will be entering into His peace.

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