The Unexpected Characters of Christmas

THE UNEXPECTED CHARACTERS OF CHRISTMAS

The Defeat of the Christmas Villian
(Matthew 2:1-18)

Tim Homa, Richmond|Rosenberg Campus Pastor
December 12, 2021

 

Herod was the original Grinch that tried to stop Christmas.

LESSONS FROM HEROD’S STORY

1. It is futile to try to thwart God’s plan.

Matthew 2:1-3 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

Matthew 2:4-8 4 So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born. 5 “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet: 6 And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: Because out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” 7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship him.”

2. All villains are a shadow of our ancient enemy from the garden.

Matthew says in 2:16 Then Herod, when he realized that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men.

Matthew in 2:17,18: 17 Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: 18 A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.

THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRISTMAS

  • Christmas reminds us that Jesus came into our evil and broken world to save us.
  • Christmas reminds us we must choose who will be our king.