16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.- Matthew 2:16
Unfortunately, I don’t know a whole lot about you (unless you are a friend or family member and I paid you 20 bucks to read this…..Just kidding). However, I know a lot about me. One of the things that I am really good at…..is being a control freak. I have a certain way that I think things should go. I have certain morals and standards that I just won’t budge on. If there is something that is not going my way, no matter how big or small that thing actually is, I go into this panic mode and anger that just isn’t…….becoming. Do you know who else had a problem like this?
Wait, Did I just compare myself to King Herod? Oh dear.
Herod the Great was King of Judea at the time Jesus was born. Herod was a man who loved power. If anyone got in the way of what he wanted, that would be the end of them.
Seriously, he killed his first born son and one of his wives. This guy was BAD news. Unfortunately, they were not the only ones whose blood is on his hands. See, when the Magi finally arrived in Judea, they asked King Herod where the Christ child was. Herod questioned them about what it was they were saying and who they were looking for.
“A King?” Herod must have thought.
But I am the only king; there is no other king but me!” I bet he proclaimed.
I wonder how many times we say that about our lives.
Herod felt threatened. He had all the power, control, and all the wives and children that is normally afforded to a king. Let me say it again: he had IT ALL, and some Magi from the east basically told him that some kid has been born and he’s gonna just take over.
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you had it all, then somehow, someone or something comes along and you feel like everything has been or will be taken away from you? I’ve been there. It is not a good feeling. Emotions are a tough thing to have and feel sometimes. They can be so strong that if you don’t find a way to contain them, they can control you in ways that you never thought was possible.
Some time passes by when “good ole” King Herod figures out that the wise men, you know, being wise and all, decided after they saw and worshiped the Child that they were not going to go back the way they came, because they were afraid that Herod would find them and demand to know the location of Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
This caused Herod’s anger, and pride, and his foolish need to be the king of “his” kingdom and himself to let loose in a tragic horrific way. He ordered his soldiers to kill….KILL innocent baby boys aged 2 and under, thinking that certainly this “king” would be killed and the threat would be over.
Clearly, this man did not know nor understand the power of the Father.
Later on, in a dream Joseph is instructed to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt until the real threat… Herod, was gone.
What Herod didn’t understand was that this Child wasn’t coming to rule one tiny little town. He came to live and breathe, and heal and serve, and finally to die a painful death nailed on a cross so that our very lives would be eternally saved and one day we would go to Him and spend all eternity with Him in a place called Heaven.
This Christmas season, when things aren’t going the way you think they should go, or you feel threatened that your “power” is being taken away from you, allow me to encourage you to put down your pride, and your anger and your relentless need to be the “King” or “Queen” of your own kingdom that doesn’t even exist. When you remember whom we are celebrating this, and every Christmas season and you remember that it is HE who controls all things, allow yourself to be at peace, and allow yourself to remember that you are not in charge.
Don’t forget that HE loves you and so do I…..so much,
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Published by Shelley Olsen