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Dec 23rd, 2020
Christmas According to Cranky Old Men: Herod
By: Chapman Bean
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Matthew 2:8 Then [King Herod] told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!” (NLT)

Christmas is absolute chaos, am I right? For some of you reading, you wholeheartedly agree that Christmas is CRAZY! For others, you warmingly invite the excitement of untangling Christmas lights, the joy of getting to see nutty family members, and racing from house to house trying to fit in all of the Christmas gatherings. I’m joking, kind of. I really do love Christmas. I enjoy the lights, I love the music, and I am grateful for the special memories that Christmas brings. It just feels chaotic a lot of the time. 

However, Christmas is often not the idealistic, perfect season that we as a society often make it out to be. I know friends who struggle to enjoy Christmas because it can be a sad reminder of the loss of loved ones, the pain of miscarriage, or the brokenness of their family. If that’s you, you are not alone. The Bible makes it very clear that the birth of Jesus was not void of chaos and problems. Our text today from Matthew 2:8 may be the biggest lie ever told in human history. King Herod had no desire to go and worship Jesus. Herod saw Jesus as a threat to his throne and his earthly kingdom; therefore, Herod wanted Jesus killed before His fame could grow and people began to worship Him. Herod would stop at nothing to maintain the power and control he had amassed in Israel, not even the genocide of his own people (Matt 2:16-18). 

Jesus was born into the chaos of our world. His birth story evidences that truth. He was most likely born in a cave surrounded by animals and all of the lovely smells that accompany them in a ghetto named Bethlehem. Jesus and his extremely poor parents were forced to flee to a foreign country as refugees. Throughout the rest of His life, He was spared no earthly pain. He was afforded no earthly privilege. Jesus understands your problems and pain because He endured them, too. Jesus was and is Immanuel—God with us.

In the midst of all of the chaos, pray and ask God to help you slow down, block out all the distractions, and pay attention this week as He reveals Himself to you through the Holy Spirit, your friends and family, and His Word.