I read an article that was attempting intellectual criticism of Christmas Carols because they do not contain any conflict. I suppose this man never read about wise men asking Herod for information and the ensuing conflict.
Whenever God is doing something, Satan is opposing! In Matthew we learn that the news of the birth of a King within Herod’s jurisdiction really stirred up the jealous anxiety in his heart. He was “troubled.” Herod knew deep down in his utterly corrupt soul that he was an imposter, and thus lived in fear of being stripped of his tin crown by a righteous King.
Over the years since Herod was eaten by the worms of death, millions of men and women have found the coming of Christ causes many of the same emotions suffered by Herod. If, as scripture says, Christ is God’s chosen king, where does this truth leave those who are oft quoting Henley’s famous Invictus asserting that God is not the captain, nor master, of our life and circumstances?
I find it interesting that Herod, as did Pharaoh in the days of Moses, attempted to get rid of the one born to lead, by committing the bloody murder of children. Pharmaceutically controlled birth, aborticide, and post birth abandonment or murder was/is rampant.
The celebration of The Incarnation is, among other things, the underlying belief that God is and will triumph in spite of Herod and his heirs.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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