Scriptures: Matthew 2:1-8
In these verses we read about two kings: both were called the King of the Jews. The 1st king was Herod. Herod was addicted to power; he was capable, crafty and also very cruel. Herod was consumed with possessions, greedy and did not have much concern for others. He loved to make an impression by building cities and naming them after his superiors. Herod married ten women and most of the marriages were politically motivated. Finally he was beset with paranoia: he had slaves which tasted all the food he ate and anyone who said anything against him was eliminated quickly.
We read of wise men who came looking for him who was born King of the Jews. Herod was not born a king: he had to fight and kill for his position. The birth to the true king brings out Herod's worst fears and also his cruelest nature.
This second, the true King, is Jesus. Jesus really does have all the power, but He was willing to surrender it for a greater purpose. He owns it all, but chose poverty to relate to our suffering. Jesus suffered rejection, but never went off course. He is the greatest King because He was willing to lay down His life for His servants.
We must determine which king we are following, like the old song says: "you gotta serve somebody." Both kings are competing for control over our lives. Herod's focus is only on getting, while Jesus focuses on giving. There is one thing they both have in common: they both believed that there was nothing that bloodshed could not cure. Herod shed other's blood, while Jesus shed His own.