Welcome to King Jesus! Here’s the first part of the Bible Project overview.
“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.” (2:2)
Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba are the only mothers mentioned in Jesus’ line. Why? They are notably Gentiles.
The next Gentiles we meet in this story are the Magi, Persian Zoroastrian priests, quoted in the verse above. I always find it fascinating how Israel didn’t see the Messiah coming, even debated His credibility upon arrival, but pagan priests saw His coming from 978 miles away. Indeed, from the beginning, the King of the Jews was destined to be King of the Gentiles too. They came all the way from modern day Iran to worship Him!
John Piper is famously quoted as saying, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.”
The Good News of Christ Jesus’ arrival and atonement for all sin is relevant to all time in all human history. Creator God made a way to be with us. The culmination of all things, is every tribe, tongue and nation eventually worshiping Him. I love that He started with Magi.
Sometimes theological disagreements and religious bureaucracy can steal the joy of Christianity and the truth of this glorious arrival. Let’s steal it back as we dive into the book of Matthew. We are by name Christ-ians, after all. Who’s with me?