“He [Herod] sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’” Matthew 2:8 (NIV)
No other king is seen more clearly as the villain of Christmas than Herod the Great. He was born an Idumean and never truthfully identified with the Jewish nation. He ruled over the Jews, understood and practiced selective customs and feasts. He even restored the magnificence of the temple at Jerusalem, and yet he sought to secretly undermine, disrupt, and destroy the Christ Child. Herod was a fake. A self-serving impostor. Herod the Great was “Not so Great” and is known only for temporal accomplishments and nothing eternal. Despite the good he architecturally accomplished, he spiritually missed the prophetic point of the advent of the King of Kings. The wonder of Christmas. The Savior of the world.
Points to Ponder:
Have you, like Herod, made Christmas all about the temporary? The here and now? The momentary satisfaction of presents under the tree? Herod was not truly seeking Christ in authenticity. Instead, he operated in a self-serving and self-preserving manner. Does this define your Christmas? Celebrate the Savior this year in sincerity!
O God, Too often I become quickly consumed with what lies before, the here and now. Once the mission is accomplished, the gifts are opened, and the holiday is over, I move onto the next objective. But God, today I commit to be true as I demonstrate my genuine love and sincerity for You. Truly, You are the best gift of all, made available year-round. May my life become the living proof of Your love for others to see. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.