The world had an expectation of the savior; the message was not a new one. From the days of Adam, man has been seeking after the savior. God had made a promise, to send a savior in the world, and as time went by, men begin to lose patients. They begin to turn from God, serving men; they turn to their own ways. These men from the east were no stranger to the notion of a coming savior; they spent their lives reading the signs of the stars, and on this particular day they got the message, a savior has been born.
Matthew 2:3-6 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Herod knowing he had no legitimate claim to the throne of David, hearing news of a king, born to inherit the throne, begin to look for away to destroy the boy, born king. Herod had a lot of trouble on his hands. Israel hated him, he was the son of Esau, a yoke of bondage, and they wanted him out. Soon after realizing he was fooled by the wise men that came by announcing the birth of the Messiah. Herod sent his men out to kill every baby in the town of Bethlehem, from two years and under. Jesus was the true heir to the throne in Jerusalem, He was the born savior, Herod knew it; he had the prophecy, and the genealogy of Jesus’ life:
- Pope Benedict Disputes Jesus’ Date of Birth (newsfeed.time.com)