And lo, to their great surprise, the star which they saw in the east then appeared . . ..
—John Gill, Exposition of the New Testament (1746-8)
Nothing will awaken those that are resolved to be regardless.
—Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible (1712)
Where Is He . . .?
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, there came Magi, stargazers, from the East to Jerusalem. These wise men weren’t from the Orient. They most likely came from Persia. They weren’t kings, and Scripture doesn’t say how many of them there actually were. But certainly, their arrival was enough to get Jerusalem all wound up and draw the attention of the whole city to their one question: “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?”
There was no ambiguity in the question. The wise men weren’t asking after recently born “princelings” in general. They weren’t asking about a child who would one day become a king. They were looking for the One whose very birth made Him the King of Israel by divine right. They were looking for the Messiah.
Everyone who heard their question understood its significance. These wise men claimed that the Messiah had already been born.