"When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him (Matthew 2:3 ESV)."
When knowledge of the true King of Israel showed up on the scene He was a threat not only to political leadership also religious leadership. The religious leaders of Israel, the ones who were supposed to lead and point their people to the God of the covenant, were threatened when God's representative showed up! But this was not and is not new. The history of Israel is littered with examples of God showing up - delivering them, sustaining them, and speaking to them - and they reject Him. How about us today, you and me, is Jesus a threat to our way of life? Is He a threat to our/your church leadership? Is he a threat to our/your church's way of life? Is he a threat to our/your way of life? Think about that for a minute. Is the Lord of the universe, the one who not only invites us to submit to Him but demands it, a threat to our way of life? Is there any area of your life that you do not or will not gladly and willingly submit and obey him? If Jesus is not the Lord of your life then he is not your Savior!