There are several ironies connected with Jesus being called King of the Jews. The Wise men were seeking Him, Herod was jealous and tried to destroy Him and the Romans ultimately set God’s plan for our salvation through Him.
King of the Jews
One irony hidden within this name is that the wise men went on a journey seeking the new King of the Jews. Although subject to the ruler of Persia, they followed a star to honor the newly born king. When they finally found the Jesus, they worshiped him.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. ~Matthew 2:1-2
Herod’s jealousy revealed another irony as well. Herod thought anyone looking for the King of the Jews should be looking for him. It was a title that had been given to him by the Roman Empire. So, to protect his throne, Herod ordered a murderous rampage (see Matthew 2:16) to destroy Jesus.
This is not the last time Jesus will be called King of the Jews. As Jesus is crucified, a sign is put above his head, proclaiming him “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19). This was done in order to mock Jesus.
What is in the Name?
Truthfully, Jesus was in the lineage of King David. Therefore, the worldly title did not fall far from Him. Jesus was the King in a way that the world could not comprehend and the Jews missed the signs. Jesus was the Messiah, the anointed one…the true King of the Jews!
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