There are several areas in our lives where our "control" of that thing can actually give us a false-sense of security like driving in the snow, managing money, or maintaining relationships. While all of us like control, over use of it doesn't really bring peace or happiness. In fact, it usually does the opposite.
King Herod's involvement in the story of Christmas as the Roman authority over Judea really was all about control. He was very smart, talented, politically astute, and very, very ambitious. But what got the best of him in the end was his desire to control his legacy & the future.
As we read Matthew 2, King Herod is about 70 years old and has a very painful kidney disease. He is trying to consolidate his power and preparing for the passing of power & his legacy to his heir. Then he finds our there is a new toddler king just 5 miles away!
The wise men come to worship & bring gifts to the King of the Jews, the Messiah. While they were looking for him, Herod learned of this baby Messiah. Herod was so disturbed about this because his whole life had been built around preserve, protect, and control. He's not about to bow his knee, worship, or surrender to anyone. Because the wise men didn't help him find the baby king and in order to maintain a sense of control, he decided to have every baby 2 and under killed in Bethlehem. As much as Herod tried to control the outcomes, carry on his legacy, and maintain control, he became a supporting character in the story of Christmas.
- What will your story be in relationship to this Savior of the world, Jesus?
- Will your story be like that of King Herod - controlling & resisting?
- Will your story be like that of the Wise Men - surrendering & worshipping?