After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory – this was during Herod’s kingship – a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.” When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified – and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well [Matthew 2:1-3]
Sometimes people stay away from the things they either think they don’t need or they just don’t understand. Jesus is definitely one of those things that people say they don’t need and often the reason is because they don’t really understand who he really is.
Herod was king of his own life and destiny. When he gave an order, it happened. He had power and authority. In this sense he is a great representation of many people we know. After all, where is the need for a Saviour when you are convinced you can always save yourself.
To a person who doesn’t see the need, Jesus and Christianity just comes across as irrelevant, no fun, and perhaps some kind of brain washing. It would mean releasing control of your life and placing it in the hands of another.
Yet, that misses the real reason for a Saviour. Our lives have to become the best example of living life the Jesus way. One without need for grudges, hurt and unforgiveness but instead lived with a sense of freedom knowing that through all circumstances, God is in control.
Lets be ready this Christmas to be someone full of life and energy, showing off our new found reason for living in the best way possible.