Jan 8, 2017
By: The Reverend Andria Skornik
The story of the three Magi searching out the infant Jesus is central to the Epiphany story, often so much that we lose sight of the two kings who are also present. Herod, named "King of the Jews" by his Roman masters, in his palace in Jerusalem acquiring more wealth and power through any means, including murder. The infant Jesus, born King of the Jews by Almighty God through the Virgin Mary, in a manger in Bethlehem, "least among the lands". Herod ascending to power at any cost, Jesus descending to Earth and emptying Himself of power to live among us. True power is not just for the Herods of this world; we are all meant to be powerful in the way Jesus was, as children of God. We all have a choice. Which king will you choose to follow?
The Scripture references are Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72, and Ephesians 3:1-12. The Gospel reference is Matthew 2:1-12.