Now I waited to mention Joseph until now because, he plays a unique role in his marriage to Mary. Though he is not the actual father of Jesus, it is through his lineage from the line of David that gives Jesus the right to be King of the Jews. Mary could not do that because her ancestry was from David’s son Nathan. The next players are the Wise Men who came from the East following a star to find the young child king. In today’s world they might be thought of as astrologers. Somehow God revealed to them that Israel’s king and promised savior was about to be born and they followed the light that God gave them. Instead of going directly to Bethlehem it stops them at Jerusalem. Now we are introduced to King Herod, who was not even a Jew, but placed there by the Romans. It was the spiritual leaders (though not really that spiritual themselves) who are called in to help determine where to tell the Wise Men where the new king was to be born.
I love this story. It is about a miracle birth, really a lot of miracles actually. It is about the story of how Christ stepped out of heaven and was given a body so that he could come to earth and be our savior and bring us to heaven.