December 28, 2015
(All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.)
My daughter has six boys, ages 9 years down to six months – all adopted! She often has the care of her grandson also – our great grandson – who is four. His mom is a Navy vet going to college full time on the GI Bill. So you can imagine that our daughter’s home life is rather hectic! But since they do not live too far away, our home is often in disarray – the result of regular visits by the boys!
On Christmas morning, we made the trek to our daughter’s home for the annual event of opening Christmas presents, followed by breakfast. But after seven little boys exuberantly open their gifts, the living room is a major mess! So we all pitch in and attend to the matter of Cleaning Up After Christmas!
King Herod tried to Clean Up After Christmas too! It says in Matthew 2:1 and 2, “…wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ ” Herod was insanely jealous of his position as king of the Jews, and so he sought to correct the problem – as recorded in Matthew 2:16:
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was ex-
ceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children
who were in Bethlehem and all its districts, from two years old and under,
according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
Herod was Cleaning Up After Christmas by trying to get rid of the very reason there is a Christmas! He tried to get rid of Jesus Christ! Of course, we would never do anything like that! I mean, kill baby boys? Try to kill Jesus? No way!
But folks, don’t be too hasty to dismiss the sinful condition of human beings! Let’s build a Biblical case for our dilemma as God sees it:
• Paul wrote in Romans 3:10 and 23, “There is none righteous, no , not one…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” How far short have we fallen from God’s glory?…
• The apostle, quoting Psalm 14:1 through 3 in Romans 3:11 and 12, says, “There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.”
• And in Colossians 1:21 he tells us, “…you…were alienated and enemies [of God] in your minds by wicked words….”
• Jeremiah nailed it in Jeremiah 17:9 by saying, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? ”
But also, as part of the passage in Colosssians 1 quoted above, it is written in verses 20 through 22: Christ “…made peace through the blood of His cross….[although] You… alienated and enemies…now He has reconciled [you] in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and irreproachable in His sight….”
What has this got to do with Herod trying to Clean Up After Christmas and kill Jesus Christ? It it written in John 3:19 through 21:
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and
men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For
everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest
his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light,
that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.
There are only two choices you can make when confronted with the claims of Jesus Christ:
• You come to the Light, confessing and repenting of your sins, and accepting Jesus as your Savior. Or…
• You hate the Light and try to get away from its revealing brilliance.
And there are two things you can try to do if you have chosen the second option:
• You can flee from the Light – which is useless because, as it says in Hebrew 4:13, “There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Or…
• You can try to destroy the Light, as Herod tried to do – and as so many others have tried to do over the centuries – but all have failed!
So do not fight the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ! And do not run from Him! Instead, let Him do the Cleaning Up After Christmas – cleansing away your sins (see Isaiah 1:18; I John 1:7) and giving you the best Christmas gift ever – eternal and abundant life in Himself! (See John 3:16; 10:10; Galatians 5:22, 23).