Thursday, November 18, 2021

Today’s Reading: Matthew 2:1-7

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying, “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.”

Matthew 2:1-2

Reflection: Jesus’ presence is powerful. His Kingship has great influence. Even as an infant, He causes quite a commotion in the ancient world. While knowledge of Him causes wise men, astronomers from the East, to travel a great distance to meet and worship Jesus, it also causes great concern for the people of Jerusalem and their King, who become deeply disturbed about His arrival. Well before Jesus performs signs and wonders, declares His authority, and reveals His relationship with the Almighty God, His mere presence impacts the world.

The knowledge of Jesus’ Kingship today divides people, just as it did at His birth. Upon hearing about Jesus, some go to great lengths to draw near to Him. They offer Him all that they have. Like the wise men, they desire to worship Him. Others are deeply disturbed at the understanding of who He is. They do not like the thought of relinquishing the authority they have over their own lives. They do not want to give power to Him, and would rather rebel against it.

How do we respond to the Kingship of Jesus? Knowledge of Him demands from us a decision on whether or not to honor His power and position. Those who choose to reject His rule become enemies of Him and lose the chance to dwell with Him in His Kingdom. But those who seek to worship Him can come even from far off and find true purpose and delight in under His Rule.

Prayer: King Jesus, thank You for Your perfect rule and unmatched sovereignty. Thank You for Your good kingship, and the assurance of safety and joy in surrender to Your reign. I am in need of nothing because I dwell with You. I pause before and worship You Lord. I give You praise today. In Your holy and precious Name I pray, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Matthew 2; Exodus 22:1-23:33; Proverbs 10