“Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
Herod represents those who claim to be worshippers but hate the true presence of the Christ. Why? Because Christ is a threat to their throne and Herod won’t give up his throne to anyone. His name means the song of heroes. Herod represents those who will sing songs of worship but refuse to surrender their throne to the Christ. Their worship is a form, an act, a show but it refuses to bow down and exalt Jesus.
In the Christmas story we like to think we are like Joseph or Mary or the wise men. The truth is many of are more like Herod than we would like to admit. We sing our songs, we confess our devotion, but still self sits on the throne. I am Herod. You are Herod. There is a Herod in all of us.
“After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
Only when Herod dies will the manifest presence of the Christ return. Herod must die in our lives and churches. The show must die. The fake worship must die. Ego must die. Self must die. Jesus must be enthroned, He must be given His rightful place. Let our hearts cry this Christmas be – “No king but King Jesus”