I was reading about King Herod the other day and I noticed something that I’d previously overlooked. Not once did Herod deny that Jesus was a king. In fact, he received proof from his scholars that supported the Magi’s claim that Jesus was a king.
Herod’s response to Jesus is striking. He turns into a baby killer just to remove the threat to his authority. He becomes a vile human being all because he won’t acknowledge Jesus as king.
I think Herod’s response is telling. If we refuse to recognize Jesus as our king, we’re in danger of becoming something hollow, vain or worse. The issue isn’t whether or not Jesus is king, it’s whether or not we recognize Him as our king.