When the magi asked around Jerusalem where they should go to find Jesus, “where is he who has been born king of the Jews?” (Mat 2.2), one must imagine the socio-political echoes behind this perhaps innocent question. It is no less than asking for direction, but it definitely means much more. It is like, deliberately hyperbolic to make the point, asking “where is he who has been born Supreme Leader of the North Korea?” around Pyongyang.
Well, there is no wonder that King Herod was “troubled” (2.3) when he heard this — and, interestingly, so was everyone else in Jerusalem. Perhaps it smells and spells revolution too much.