Its easy to miss some of the central stories of Christmas. Most of us know the common story of the Magi: we enjoy seeing the magi in nativity scenes during the season, and we are familiar with the gifts they brought to Jesus’ family. But what’s Matthew’s main purpose in telling the story of the Magi? At its core, this passage is not about three kings (the magi), but about two kings (Jesus and Herod) and their choices. We learn three lessons: servants of the true King seek Him first; seeking the true King bring opposition; and finding the true King invites us into joy, submission, worship, and sacrifice.


Matthew 2:1-12