TEXT: Matthew 2: 18-18.
OUTLINE: The man who tried to kill Christmas.
CONTENT: It does not seem right, that with all the trimmings, decorations etc. and
remembrances of the festive season that a King had tried to kill Jesus. In so doing he
slaughtered all the male babies under two years old; because he felt threatened that this baby
Jesus would be someone greater than himself. Then was fulfilled the prophesy of Rachael
weeping for her children, (verse 18).
Some truths come to mind as we process the events of that time: –
1. The sinfulness of the human mind: The heart that does not have the love of Jesus is wicked.
Herod was in power for over forty years, and becoming more wicked and merciless; getting
those he disliked or those who did not share his views out of power or destroyed. Man’s
heart is just as wicked today. Jeremiah also spoke of the heart (Jeremiah 17:9); so Herod
was not the only man with an evil heart.
2. In the midst of chaos God is a God of Providence, always aware and in control of the
world. Everything fits in place. He sent a Savior to bring Peace and Goodwill, Matthew 2:12-
22. God has a master plan; He always have our backs; no matter what traps are set for His
children. He will bless what is done to honor Him.
3. There is a battle between good and evil. When nations invade other nations there is a
problem. We have confidence that evil will not last forever. God always wins no matter
how dominant that evil system looks. Be true and honor what God says. Herod thought his
plans and schemes would win, but the welcoming party had God directing His will,
(Matthew 2: 12& 13).
Thought: Until Jesus comes, evil will persist, but God is in control.
—(Rev. Edward L. Jenkins Sr.)—