Missing Christmas (Matthew 2:3)

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I have the feeling that a lot of people miss Christmas. Even though they participate in the gift-giving, enjoy the holiday music, and join in the festivities, they miss the real meaning of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Many people missed the first Christmas too. One was Herod. He was a cruel, paranoid man who was appointed to the throne by Rome in return for cheap political favors, so when the Magi stopped in Jerusalem to inquire about the newborn king, Herod was troubled. He was filled with suspicion and fear. Why? Because he would tolerate no real or imagined threat to his throne.

This was the same man who had his own two sons killed because he thought they were plotting to overthrow him. Slaying the Babe of Bethlehem would be a small matter by comparison.

Herod missed the joy of Christ’s coming into the world because he was afraid the Baby would someday take his throne. People today miss Christmas for a similar reason. They refuse His kingship. Why? Because they do not want to relinquish any authority over their lives. They prefer to rule themselves.

Don’t miss Christmas. Come, let us adore Christ this holiday season. – David C. Egner

Christ is born, the great Anointed;

Heaven and earth His glory sing;

Glad receive whom God appointed

For your Prophet, Priest, and King. – Cawood

Wise men still seek Him.

  • December 21, 1990, Our Daily Bread
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