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Herod's Hidden Gift: Unpreparedness
Discovering the Hidden Gifts of Christmas
Pastor Randy Furushima
Today we are going to peek into the heart of King Herod. King Herod's hidden gift was: Unpreparedness. There is a story in the Bible that is about secret meetings, international intrigue and espionage. It includes powerful people coming together that represented 2 world powers of the day. The conspiracy also went up to the highest ranking officials of those countries. The story continues of a King who felt so threatened that he set out to kill baby infants, making him a murderer. We have a family fleeing in the night for their lives. Two adults and a child would end up as fugitives in a foreign land. They all were in danger.
How do we know that this is a true story? Because it is the Christmas story. Out story today is about King Herod and the Three Wise men.
We need to have fresh knowledge of what Jesus has meant to you and me. So let us all make room in our hearts. It was Benjamin Franklin who said "BY FAILING TO PREPARE- YOU ARE PREPARING TO FAIL"
Singing Joy ToThe World tells us to let every heart prepare him room.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing!
King Herod was known as a great builder. If we visited the Holy Land we could see some of the buildings of King Herod. King Herod prepared a plan before building, but failed to prepare his heart. When the Wise men came searching for the Christ child, King Herod set out to kill the child. This was done because he was not prepared in his heart for the child.
God wants us today to prepare room for Him in our hearts. God wants us to flush out the non essentials to make room for Him. How many of you today want to make room in your heart to make Christmas fresh? This is what God wants us to do.
What is it that God wants us to see? To see the things that God has brought in a new way or in another fashion - so that we are not surprised and unprepared like King Herod. Why is it important to be prepared? Because the consequences of not being prepared could be devastating.
Here are 3 CONSEQUENCES OF BEING UNPREPARED
Jerusalem. The fear that King Herod felt in his heart was felt in the city. The 2nd consequence is …
King Herod was so worried about losing his position that he began a secret investigation: "...and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born... Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared." (Matt. 2:4, 7) Another consequence of being unprepared is …
King Herod started to plan the death of the Christ child. He tried to deceive the Wise Men as the Bible tells us, "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.'" (Matt. 2:8)
The Magi examined the prophecy and discerned carefully what it meant. Accordingly, the Bible says, "They told him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: "And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel"' ... After listening to the king they went on their way." (Matt. 2:5-6, 9)
The Wise Men invested their riches, time and effort in Jesus. As the Bible tells us, "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." (Matt. 2:11)