The Three Kings of Christmas!
The story of Christmas is all about 3 different kings. One of them was King Herod. Nobody in the Kingdom trusted or liked Herod even though they had to obey him. He lied, and used his power to get what he wanted. Herod was cruel and evil; he hated his enemies and he’d do anything to get rid of any threat to himself.
Then there is the second kind of King, the three wise men. These were important people from faraway lands who followed a star they believed would lead them to a great king.
Matthew Chapter 2:2-5
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
When Herod heard about this child born to be a king of his people the Jews he was very angry, he thought Jesus wanted to take his place as King, so he came up with a plan.
Matthew Chapter 2:7-12
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Herod desperately wanted to be No 1. He wouldn’t allow anyone else to be king and tell him what to do. But God had plans for Jesus and protected him from Herod’s evil plans to get rid of him.
The third king of the Christmas story is Jesus. He was a surprising kind of king. He wasn’t born in a palace, had no crown, he was poor and had no servants like King Herod. Instead, Jesus came to serve and help others -Jesus was a servant king.
Matthew 20:28 tells us that: “The Son of Man [Jesus] came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”.
So what kind of King are you? Sometimes I think we can all be a bit like Herod, not wanting anyone to tell us what to do [even God!] and willing to do some pretty sneaky things to get our own way. When we ignore God and do our own thing, this is called sin. Sin stops us being friends with God. And this is why Jesus came to earth, to fix the problem of sin so we could be God’s friends.
Jesus is the opposite kind of king to Herod. Jesus loves everyone, even his enemies. Jesus kingdom is not made up of a country, but a whole bunch of people from all over the world who have chosen to follow Jesus as their King. And Luke in the bible tells us that Jesus kingdom will last forever.
The three wise men [kings] were smart guys who wanted to discover Jesus the King for themselves, they made time to take a great journey of discovery towards Jesus. And they were not disappointed in what they found!
I hope and pray that this Christmas you won’t be like Herod, that you will be like the wise men, taking a journey through Christmas to discover the King who came from heaven to earth. Jesus offers to be your King of your life this Christmas! Will you let Him?
Blessings to you all from the Chappy team
Chappy Fi, Rob, Donna, Dan and Mat