This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
This second chapter of Matthew is all about fulfilled prophecy. Long before Jesus came on the scene God had revealed a number of prophecies that would point people to the coming of the Messiah. Even as the wise men came to Jerusalem looking for the Messiah the chief priests and scribes knew exactly where the Messiah was to be born. All of these prophecies have been fulfilled by Christ and are the proofs of who he is the Messiah, the Christ, God in human flesh who came into the world to be our savior. The wise men came looking for a king, but that king was more than the future ruler of Israel, he was also the prophet foretold by Moses and the priest in the line of Melchizedek. He came as a prophet to declare the final word of God to the nations. He came as the priest to be our mediator that we might gain access to God. He will return as king to rule the nations. All of these things have been prophesied about in the Old Testament and one day every prophecy will find its fulfillment in Christ. Today we can glory in those fulfilled prophecies as they point us to Christ who is our prophet, priest, king and savior, and we can look forward to the day when those final prophecies about his coming return will be fulfilled as our hope is in him. Rejoice therefore over what God has done in Christ, what he is doing in Christ, and what he will do in Christ.