A Tale of Two Kings

May 25, 2015 By: Pastor Joseph LoSardo Series: Messiah in Matthew Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23
The story of Matthew chapter 2 points to two monarchs who are contending in the world and in all of us. We know which one will win in the end, but until the war is over, Herod will continually pursue the child Jesus, in order to, if it were possible, destroy Him. If King Herod points to our utter depravity, the child, King Jesus points to God’s faithfulness. If Herod points to man’s sinful nature, Jesus points to humanities hope found in a new representative who fulfills all righteousness for humanity. The eighth question of the Heidelberg Catechism summarizes Matthew chapter 2 when it asks, “Are we so perverted that we are altogether unable to do good and prone to do evil?” Matthew 2 similarly asks, “Are we all as wicked as Herod? The catechism’s answer is, “Yes, unless we are born again through the Spirit of God.”