Kings…

January 4, 2018

The story of the Magi visiting Jesus soon after His birth is filled with kings.  We sing, “We three kings of orient are,”. They are seeking  Jesus, the new born King

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

of the Jews.  The Magi visit King Herod, who was also known as the King of the Jews. Kings, King, and King!

Some scripture writers think that Matthew put the story of the Three Wise Men (Kings) from the East into his Gospel to show that Jesus is not only the King of the Jews, but of people everywhere.  Also, to show that the most learned among us ought to pay homage (bow down) to Jesus in humility.  Jesus is King, for all of us, the poor and the wealthy, the ignorant and the learned.

It is so hard for some people to humble themselves to Jesus, especially once they have gained wealth and college degrees, and popularity.

There is little question that the Magi came to give gifts to Jesus and pay Him homage.  Herod is another story.  His plan was to find this new born King of the Jews and kill Him.  There can be no rivals to King Herod.  When the Magi do not report back to him he orders the killing of all boys, two years old and younger in the region.  Herod had no plans to pay homage.  Jesus escapes to Egypt with His parents and only returns after Herod dies.

Like the Magi we seek after Jesus.  Where is He?  Like Herod we seek after Him. Tell me where he is.  The Magi are to travel long distances, bring Jesus gifts, bow down to Him and pay Him homage.  Herod’s plan was to kill the baby Jesus.  Why do you seek Him?  Do you seek Him to pay him homage, or to kill Him?  Who is the King of your life, you or Jesus?  For Christians there is only one King, Jesus Christ.

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