Matthew Chapter 2
By the time we arrive at our passage today, there has been a lapse of time from the preceding chapter. We can discern this by a close observation of the text. Jesus is referred to as a child and not a baby, and the Magi do not arrive at the manger, but they instead come to a house. Jesus is most likely around two years old. Even as a young child, the presence of Jesus demands a response from those that surround him.
As we look at the major characters in this chapter, we see those different responses. The Magi from Persia are worshipers and long to be in his presence. Herod feels threatened by the presence of the child. This child will “dethrone” him. As we reflect upon Mary, we find a loyal and faithful heart. Joseph responds in constant obedience.
As we reflect upon this passage, we need to ask ourselves, “how am I responding to the presence of Christ today?” In which character do we find our response? Are we like the Wise Men, possessing a seeking heart and longing to know his presence? Or perhaps we are more like Herod, the presence of Christ is disruptive to our lives and somewhat of a threat to our little kingdom. In an age of disloyalty, do we find we have a faithful and loyal disposition like Mary? Finally, what is it that God is asking us to do today? Will we respond with the obedience of Joseph, trusting God with the results and consequences? We cannot remain neutral; the presence of Christ always demands a response.