The Man Who Missed Christmas
Bible Text: Matthew 2:5-16, Luke 2:25-35 | Preacher: Pastor Jay Miller | Herod missed Christmas
Chapter 2 begins with wise men from the east coming to Jerusalem to inquire about the recent birth of the king of the Jews. Herod, the current king, upon hearing this became troubled. He sent the wise men to Bethlehem to search and report back. He told them he wanted to worship this newborn king, but obviously he had other intentions.
The wise men found Jesus, worshipped Him, and were then warned in a dream not to return to Herod. Joseph was also warned in a dream to flee to Egypt because Herod wants to kill Jesus. Herod, furious about being tricked by the wise men, sent his soldiers to Bethlehem and had them kill all the male children two years and under.
Our passage this morning serves as a reminder of the conflict that rages all around us and shall help us learn about the role of God’s peace in the midst of conflict. Namely, God’s peace is not the absence of conflict but the answer for conflict.