October 3 (Daily reading: Matthew 2) Today we meditate on the marvelous truth that Jesus came to be our King! Matthew alone presented this story about the visitors from the east. One of Matthew’s gospel themes was the kingship of Jesus. He opened his gospel with the words: “Jesus the Messiah, the son of David.” This was a reference to Old Testament prophecy; for example: “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom” (Is. 9:7). It was also confirmed by Gabriel in his message to Mary: “The Lord God will give Him (Jesus) the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever.” Unlike the physical kingdom of David, “His kingdom will have no end” (Lk. 1:32-33). When Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Matthew quoted Zechariah 9:9, “Behold your King is coming to you” (Mt. 21:5).
In Matthew 2, these visitors from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him (v. 2). They are traditionally called wise men, and the song comes to a good conclusion: “Wise men still seek Him!” These seekers believed His kingship to be of a spiritual nature because they had come to worship Him. When they arrived where Jesus was, “they fell to the ground and worshiped Him” (v. 11). People obey and serve an earthly king, but they do not worship him.
Paul wrote: “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow” (Phil. 2:10). John described Jesus: “And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “King of kings, and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:16). Let us proclaim Him as our King, and worship Him as did the Magi from the east!
– Al Gary