When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him (Matthew 2:3)
Herod the Great? We would never have heard of this king, with his building works, his ten wives and his swimming pools – but for his involvement in the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. The news of the event rocked this paranoid man. Another King….?
1. CHRISTMAS FACES US WITH A DEBATE
The wise men had created a stir on arrival in Jerusalem. Who was this King that they had travelled so far to see? The debate has gone on ever since. Other religious leaders have come and gone…. but somehow the human race will not let Jesus alone, in films, books and arguments. What do YOU make of Him?
2. CHRISTMAS FACES US WITH DISPLACEMENT
Herod was disturbed. His own title, ‘King of the Jews’ was a hard-won honour. Here then, in this visit from eastern strangers, was a threat. A similar complaint features in Acts 17:7 – “They are acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.”
3. CHRISTMAS FACES US WITH A DECISION
Herod made his own mind up with frenzied determination – in the killing of all male babies under two in the region…. He might not have done so had he known that within a few months he himself would be dead. The fact is that, whatever private little empire you try to build around yourself, you are going to have to part with it one day. Christmas says, “Decide now for the King of all the ages; you won’t regret it!”
THOUGHT: What makes a ‘real’ Christmas? The world today is only too aware of thousands at the present time, for whom Christmas resembles that of Bethlehem under Herod’s murder of her children.