Read Matthew 2:2-3 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Do you know anyone who has the same first name as you?
Parent Note: Some of us have pretty common names, so knowing someone with the same name isn’t that strange. Those of us with common names often have to go by our first and last names to help distinguish us from each other; however, King Herod, who was known as the king of the Jews, was not accustomed to such confusion. In his mind, when someone asked who was the king of the Jews, the answer was obvious: it was him! This presented more of a problem than just being confused with someone else—being king meant having power. If someone else was being called king of the Jews, Herod’s power was at risk, and that was something Herod was not willing to give up or share.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear Lord, thank You for sending Jesus to me.
I know that Jesus came to set an example of both power and humility.
Please help me to make You the Lord of my life.
In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.