In his fear and raging jealousy, King Herod responded to the newborn Jesus with bloodthirsty hostility:" Destroy Him! Let Him die while He is still in His cradle!" This response grew and swelled until one day many years later it reached its crescendo by a madd mob's terrifying roar:" Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!" ( john 19:15).
A reigning Christ, an invading Christ, a revolutionary Christ, a life-changing Christ- that is unacceptable to millions of people, today. He is a menace to their way of life.
During this Christmas season, however, may you welcome this reigning Christ, invading Christ, revolutionary Christ, life-changing Christ into your life anew.
" Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way...Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry."- Matthew 2:12,16
It's Christmas Day! The day we recognized the birth of our Savior. Over the years there has always been discussing about when Jesus was really born and many have made very good arguments for their date. The day and month are not that important. It is the fact that we celebrate the birth. The birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior- went unnoticed by the vast majority of the world that first Christmas night, but no event in human history was more significant. May His birth- and all it means - not go unnoticed in our lives!
" So[the shepherds] hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby , who was lying in the manger." - Luke 2:16
The first Christmas worship service was conducted not in a temple, a cathedral, or a synagogue, but in the great outdoors. The tidings of Christ's birth echoed in the skies and on those Judean hills as the angle of the Lord proclaimed the goods news to the lowly shepherds.
Do you think it strange that this glad word was not first given to the priests, the scholars, or the Pharisees? The reason is clear: God speaks to those who are prepared in their hearts to listen. Apparently these humble shepherds were prepared, and therefor able to discern the voice from Heaven above the noisy confusion of earth.
" And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night."- Luke 2:8
We hear great cries for tolerance- but consider the bigotry toward Jesus.
There is no room for His Word in our culture, where our children are without reverence for God or faith in the Bible. There is no room for our Lord's creed of purity and self-denial when the media sends forth a constant barrage of profanity and indecency and materialism. There is no room for the promise of His cross and His blood. The angel's statement " He will save his people from their sins"( Matthew 1:21) is rejected by those who deny the Child in the manger is Emmanuel, God with us.
"There is no room for them in the inn."- Luke 2:7
Jesus was born during the height of the Roman empire. Unlike previous empires, the Romans built roads from one end of their vast territory to the other. These highways enabled the early Christians to spread news about Jesus throughout the civilized world in only a few decades- something they never could have done if Jesus had come earlier.
Also, by ten the human race had tried all kinds of religions and philosophies, yet none had satisfied the deepest longings of the human heart or taken away the burden of guilt. Many people were now open to His message of hope and new life.
Know that God's timing is always perfect. It was then -and it is today.
" When the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman."- Galatians 4:4