19. The wise men left Herod, and followed the star all the way to Jesus.
Herod was a celebrity of his day. Even though a puppet of Rome, he was famed and favoured, heralded as a leader and head of state; presumably rich and powerful. The Christmas story is full of the opposites that humanity tries to follow and comes up short. The wise men head for Herod seeking the ‘child born to be King’ and are disappointed with what they find. In their wisdom they follow the star and in their wisdom they find a celebrity fraud; a shell of what they seek.
Later and in a similar fashion, John the Baptist asked those seeking the Christ, ‘Who/what are you looking for?’ When we seek we will find -“All the way to Jesus.”