The Nativity Scene: Herod’s Perspective

Matthew 2:1‭-‬3 AMP
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king (Herod the Great), magi (wise men) from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
Imagine you are a king when suddenly there is commotion in your kingdom because a group of wise men from a far away land have come searching for a king. Now it would be a good thing if you were the king they had come looking for, but you are not. Apparently, there is a newborn king in your kingdom, and you know nothing about it.
Two kings cannot reign in the same domain, so that means one of you must go. No wonder, Herod went on a killing spree to try to kill the baby king who had been born.
Don’t we all face the same dilemma today? We are the kings of our life, and we want to do life on our terms and make our own decisions. “It’s my life!” is a common statement that many of us make. Accepting and acknowledging Jesus means that you have to let Him rule and reign over your life. He must be king and Lord over your life, having full control because two kings cannot rule the same kingdom. One has to bow down to the other.
The bible says it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me meaning to have him, we must surrender our lives to him.
The birth of Jesus provoked different emotions and responses in the lives of different individuals.
What emotions and response does it evoke in you?
Reflective Thoughts
How do you react when your position or property is threatened?
Herod killed babies and brought tragedy to many families just to protect his throne. If you were in his position, what would you have done?
Who is currently reigning as king over your life? If it is Jesus, are you an obedient subject or one who constantly is leading rebellions?


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