Throughout his gospel Matthew challenges his readers with the truth of Immanuel that in Jesus God is indeed with us! The only question in Matthew's mind is what are we now going to do with this truth; how will we respond to it? In our passage this morning Matthew presents four responses to Immanuel's coming: 1. The positive reaction of Joseph to Immanuel.
2. The worshipful reaction of the Magi to Immanuel.
3. The negative reaction of Herod to Immanuel.
4. The indifferent reaction of the Religious Leaders to Immanuel.