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In the opening of his gospel account, Matthew presents us with a deliberate contrast between King Herod – the self-proclaimed “king of the Jews” – and the infant Jesus, the true King of the Jews. The Magi recognised the true King whom the Scriptures had foretold, but what about us? Are we often taken in and impressed by counterfeit ‘kings’ and ‘kingdoms’ to whom we then pledge our allegiance, rather than pursuing the true King, who often confounds our worldly preconceptions. Matthew’s gospel urges us to seek and to recognise the True King and to give Him our worship.