A Tale of Two Kings
There is a great contrast offered us when three Magi come from the east looking for “The King of the Jews” because they stop in to see the current King Herod to ask: “where is this newborn king?” Uh Oh! How wise is it to stop and ask the present king where the new king is located?
Truth is, the conflict serves God’s plan well in Matthew’s gospel. For us, the contrast can serve to symbolize the internal contrast between our will and God’s will in each of us. As disciples, we willingly and joyfully desire the Lordship of Christ our king but there is the darker side of the self which firmly and persistently rejects God’s place at the center of our hearts. Herod’s sin looks like our sin. Can we acknowledge the Herod in ourselves!