When Matthew 2:3 - When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
Herod was the king of the Jews in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus birth. A wicked King who saw Jesus as a threat and wanted Him murdered.
Herod being "disturbed" at the birth of Jesus meant that he was violently shaking after hearing the news of Jesus birth. He was all shook up with rage and anger.
There were two reactions to the birth of Jesus. The wise men came and worshiped Him, but the news of the birth of the true "King Of The Jews" surprised and disturbed King Herod.
Jesus birth was the fulfillment of old testament prophecy. Isaiah 7:14 -Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: The virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel.
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
The Jews knew the old testament book better than anyone. They waited for their Messiah for hundreds of years, but yet when He arrived, they did not know Him.
Their long awaited King, their Savior, Redeemer, their hope for the future had arrived. Because Jesus did not come riding as a King on a great white horse with a great big army, they did not know Him. They were not expecting a baby that was born in a manger in Bethlehem.
Kings don't arrive that way, but that was the way that God chose to send His Son, born of a virgin to save His people.
Why should they be troubled instead of rejoicing? This was the Savior of the world. The Promised one by God, the One who came to take away the sins of the world, the One who came to rule over His people.
We saw the opposite from the wise men. They were not troubled. They were excited, joyful and eager in their pursuit of Him.
Can you believe that the king was disturbed at the birth of a baby? He had no reason to be threatened. He had his army, his body guards and his weapons to back him. How could a baby born in a stable in Bethlehem make him afraid?
King Herod was afraid because he knew that the true "King Of The Jew" had arrived. There was no doubt in his mind who Jesus was. God had given a sign by means of a "Star" and a"Virgin birth".
John 1:10-11 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.
Are you rejoicing this Christmas season because of God's gift to the world? The gift called "Jesus" who came to take away the sins of the world? I can only hope and pray that you are.
Regardless if man choose to accept or reject Christ, He is our only way to a true and personal relationship with God. Jesus Himself declares in John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
How have you responded to Jesus? Have you accepted or rejected Him? The answer to this question will help you determine your future destination. With God or apart from God. Which will it be for you?
God bless and I love you all.
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