As I continue to hear Jesus (in Luke's story) talk about entering his kingdom way through repentance (as opposed to hardening my heart and continuing in my own, little kingdom), I am reminded about what Doug Wilson says about another man who had to learn that the old ways of ruling are gone:
“Herod knew what many Christians do not. The birth of this child meant that the old way of ruling mankind was doomed. The transition from the old way of rule to the new way of rule was not going to be simple or easy, but it was going to happen. Of the increase of the Lord’s government there would be no end.
But whatever it meant, Herod knew that he was against it.”
(God Rest Ye Merry, p. 65).