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Three Responses to the Messiah

Matthew’s account introduces us to three groups of people, each with different responses to the news of the arrival of the Messiah.

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
Matthew 2:3-4

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The first group is represented by those who find Jesus threatening to their own personal kingdoms.

Herod embodies this fear. Jesus’ arrival will mean the end of business as usual. Jesus represents radical change. He means death to the status quo. Many people refuse to recognize Christ because that means they will have to give up control. Jesus claims to be King. The kingdom of “self” must give way.

Herod’s response is both wicked and demonic. He will do whatever it takes, including the mass slaughter of little boys, to secure his pathetic power base.

Herod is the ultimate politician. He wants no rival in his bid to retain office. He will lie, cheat, steal and even resort to murder to make sure his office is secured.

This is why any politician who is not ultimately submitted to the lordship of Christ is DANGEROUS. If a man or woman will not honor the Creator by living for His pleasure and glory, then to whom will he/she be submitted? A person with no fear of God is a frightful individual. They are ultimately going to defend their own agenda and their own political self-preservation.

How about you? Is the arrival of Jesus as Savior and King good news for you? Have you recognized Him as your personal King or are you rebelliously clinging to your own treasonous rule. Christmas is a perfect time of the year to joyfully submit to the reign of Jesus.

  1. Kerry Drake
    December 20th, 2011 at 16:23 | #1

    Given today’s political climate and issues being “discussed” between parties and between individuals in the political realm, I would hazard a guess Pastor that you have just described about 80% of them. That figure may be low.
    I hear alot of them talking about their faith in a (s)avior, when expedient or when cornered, but only around this time of year. None of the politicians running for President, with the exception of Rick Perry, have I heard speak openly of their faith in Jesus Christ, nor have I actually heard them mention, again with the exception of Mr. Perry, Jesus by name.
    It may be that I have not heard (reported) much of their conversation in public, but I think if they were mentioning the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the manner in which He should be spoken of publicly, it would be broadcast quite openly. Mostly in a tone of ridicule of their statement of such faith in Him.
    We are living in sad times, but there is always hope that we can change that climate! Uphill may be the battle, but the fight is worth every sacrifice. Why else are we born for such a time is this? JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! Now I can run for office and be counted with the “nuts.” Woo Hoo.

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