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The murderous king of Christmas

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The political environment at the time of Christ’s birth was not ideal in any sense of the word. The world was not at peace. Jews and the Romans were constantly at odds with each other after the soldiers of Rome conquered and possessed the land. The resentful people of Israel had only two options. They had to decide to compromise or resist. At the center of the terror was Herod, the king when Jesus was born. If ever there was a person who was an unbeliever, Herod held first prize. 1. It would be fair to think of King Herod as an ancient Adolph Hitler. They both were insecure and jealous for their position. Herod was paranoid to the point of murdering members of his own family. 2. Herod’s cruelties extended beyond his family. At the king’s whim, Jerusalem was bathed in blood. Matthew 2:3 says he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him. The king should assure the safety of those throughout the countryside, but he himself was the greatest criminal of all. 3. It is sad to look at Herod’s life and see that he was so close to the Truth of God. He put his self-interest above that of others. This was opposite of the Christmas Spirit. It was opposite of the teaching of Christ. It was opposite of how any spiritually healthy person would want to live Everyone should remember Christmas as a time to sacrifice because of God’s sacrificial love. To give His Son was not just convenient giving as a choice out of many options. Unless God gave His Son everyone would still to this day be in a state of absolute despair. When the angels told the shepherd, “peace on earth, goodwill to man,” they were not wishing that somehow peace would come at Herod’s time. Peace on earth means, “The person of peace has come to earth.”

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