Encapsulated within the Christmas story is another story: It is the near universal hatred displayed by government toward Jesus Christ. The relevant passages are flagged, and my comments appear below.
Matthew 2 (King James Version):
1. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Yes, there’s nothing quite like waking up one morning to find that someone else has been born king – especially when you’ve had to stab people in the back your entire career to acquire your power. This lust for power affects everyone from the top dog to, well – the dog catcher.
4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6. And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
Herod had the “where.” Now he needed the “when.” The wise men were perhaps flattered that the king should be interested in their research. And to offer a private audience with the king, no less.
8. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
Oddly enough, God’s plans did not change because the king was suddenly “onto Him” and intent on destroying the baby Jesus. God didn’t raise an army to crush Herod. God just went on with his plan.
10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
12. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
God communicated with the visiting scholars through a dream. It was vivid enough that they removed Herod from their travel plans.
13. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
God simply side-stepped Herod.
14. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15. And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
17. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
18. In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19. But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20. Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
God’s plan was unfazed by Herod’s efforts. Jesus grew from childhood into adulthood, while Herod rested in the false belief that he had destroyed the new King who so threatened his power.
There was one notable exception to government’s hatred of Jesus Christ: Early America and our Founding Fathers. In 2003, I wrote a column suggesting that the Church Age, or the Age of Grace, was ending (“The time of the elves is over” ). The most powerful nation on earth is now being dismantled from within by a corrupt political establishment and an illegal alien usurper. World government is being created literally out of thin air – despite the revelations of Climategate. If my premise was accurate, we should see growing evidence of God’s involvement in world events. Do you see it, too?