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Antagonism Toward Christmas.
Mathew 2:12-18 (KJV)
(12) And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. (13) And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared 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. (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 Jeremy 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.
Today is the second reaction to Christmas:
When looking around you may notice many people enjoying the festivities of Christmas, while others are holding on to bitterness and disdain. Surprisingly the problem is not the season; it’s the Savior. Our need for salvation reminds us of our own shortcomings and inability to redeem ourselves.
This is not the first time that Jesus stirred up antagonism in someone’s heart. Herod was troubled when he heard that the magi were looking for the King of the Jews. When they didn’t return to report the location of the Christ child, he became enraged and slaughtered all the male children in Bethlehem who were two years of age and under. (Matt. 2:16).
What is it about Jesus that causes some people to feel such hostility? Herod’s fury was fueled by his desire for power and control. He didn’t want another king, no matter how small, to dethrone him. People today scorn the celebration of Christ’s birth for the same reason-they don’t want anyone else ruling their life.
Romans 1:18 (KJV) says, (18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
The Lord pointed out that those who reject Jesus Christ have suppressed the truth. Those who fear their deeds will be exposed as evil and won’t come to the Light. (John 3:19-20). (19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. However, we should never assume that salvation is impossible for someone who is hostile to Jesus. After all, the apostle Paul was an aggressive persecutor of the church until his conversion.
Sometimes, people who resent Christianity and Christmas may seem unreachable to us.
But remember: No one is beyond the reach of Jesus. Amen!