Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1–2, WEB)
We’ve heard this story so many times, it’s tempting to just skim over it. King Herod is the bad guy. The wise men are the good guys. On to the next part! But if we do that, we’ll be missing something important. Let’s take a closer look at these characters.