Hostility and Rage
Matthew 2:2-3

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2018, Max D. Hutto,

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? . . . When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” Matthew 2:2-3 NASB

Today, as in the ancient world, the mere mention of the name Jesus Christ often brings three drastically different reactions. First, this text states that King Herod was “troubled” at the news of the birth of Christ, the Messiah, the King of the Jews. More than just troubled, he was deeply disturbed, anxiously threatened, intensely agitated, and fiercely hostile which led to extreme rage and a murderous rampage. The mere mention of Jesus often causes this same hostility and rage in people today.

Lord Jesus, when faced with aggressively hostile reactions, help me to express Your grace, mercy, and love. Give me boldness to share the good news of the coming of the Savior.


  December 14, 2018

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