We could not leave or study of a new life and love in Jesus without making mention of the newborn king. All the gospels record the birth of Jesus, the long awaited king of the Jews, the beloved Prince of Peace. It was a new night and a new day for Israel and the world and change the lives of billions forever.
Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2
There were those who had hoped and prayed for this day, though they may have expected Him to reign even then as a literal king. Anna the prophetess, and Simeon who was promised the he would not die until he had seen. And there were those who were worried, especially, Herod, who was visited by the magi, they had come to worship the newborn King. He told them to return after they had found Him following the star, but they did not, because Herod wanted to kill Him.
We often thing of them coming just as He was born, but I could not give you an actual age and I don’t think we know exactly how long they stayed in Bethlehem or how long their journey was. The wise men were educated with the heavens in the science of astronomy, in the sense that God used it as a calendar, but were likely familiar with astrology and the star was the brightest ever, the very glory of God, pleased with His Son.
They brought gifts, expensive ones, fit for a newborn King, and they worshiped Him and left and went home another way. Herod’s decree went out and he ordered the killing of all the boys born up to two years old. The angel warned Joseph and he took them and fled to Egypt un Herod was dead, tat leaves us with a chunk of time unaccounted for in the life of Jesus.
The next thing we know is that He was teaching the sages, lost from his mother at twelve. Most likely, He grew in stature and wisdom, as the Bible says, but He was safe and had a home, did the things normal children do. He would have been taught by Mary, and carpentered with Joseph, but most importantly the Spirit was with Him and He was becoming who He was intended to be.
Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, who questioned Him: “Are You the King of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Matthew 27:11
Should you have any doubts about Him, being born the newborn King, there have been artifacts found in Israel that confirm that Caiaphas was a real person and we know Pilate was a ruler in that day.
The Bible suggests three wise men, as to the number of gifts. Tradition says they are Melichor, king of Persia, who reunited to celebrate with the other magi in 54, A.D. , already old with a long, white, beard, when he visited Jesus, he died at 116 on January 1st, 55 A.D. Caspar or Gaspar, He could have been actually King Gondophares, from India, with Gaspar meaning treasurer being a title, gave Him frankincense, representing his divinity, the third Balthazar, a black man of African descent, with a beard, who brought the myrrh, that was a symbol of His death, His humanity. He supposedly died at 112, four days after Melichor.
Jesus night have disappointed many by not attempting to defeat roman rule, instead he chose to die for the sins of the world, and that world did not understand that His kingdom was not of this world but a heavenly one. The newborn King was prophesied from the beginning, the star is mentioned in Numbers 24:17, He is afar off, Jeremiah 23:5 sees Him even farther ahead, and Isaiah 9:6, gives us a list of His names, I love Wonderful and Prince of Peace.
The newborn King, King of Kings, King of the Jews and all others, He will reign forever on the the throne.
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