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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (
It is a timeless question—as relevant today as when first spoken 2000 years ago. Jesus was on trial for His life and the Roman governor asks the crowd, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (
Matt.27:22) How will you answer? Your response will be the difference between
heaven and hell. In our text, we see
three possible responses.
There is the SELF-CENTERED RESPONSE of Herod. “When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all
with him. ( Jerusalem Matt.2:3) “And he
sent them to
and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found
Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.’” (v.8)
“Then, being divinely warned in a dream
that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country
another way.” (v.12) Herod was concerned with taking care of
himself. He wanted to preserve his
position if it meant slaughtering babies.
He shook his fist in the face of God.
Many do today. Herod represents
all who show hostility to Christ. It is
a war against God that cannot be won. Bethlehem
There can be a SELF-RIGHTEOUS RESPONSE like the Scribes. “And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.”’ ” (
Matt.2:4-6) These were the religious elite who should
have been seeking the Messiah, but it is evident they were not. The self-righteous sense no need of a
Savior. Their heads were filled with Scriptural
prophecies, but their hearts were empty of spiritual passion. Unlike Herod’s hostility, these exhibited
apathy. That response makes one just as
hell-bound as haters of God. Jesus would
warn that if we are not with Him, we are against Him.
We need to show a SINCERE SEEKER RESPONSE like the Magi. “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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (
Matt.2:1-2) “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly
great joy. And when they had come into
the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and
worshiped Him. And when they had opened
their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (v.10-11)
Think of how far they came, and the cost of their gifts. They were drawn by God and came to
worship. They would find Christ—nothing else
would satisfy. That is the response that
What are you going to do with Jesus?