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Third Friday: Herod

Read: Matthew 2: 1-8; 13-20

What Kind of King?

King Herod. Who was he? He is often called Herod the Great, but take a look below and see what you think. What kind of king was he? How does he compare to Jesus, the King of Love?

King Herod Jesus, King of Love
Appointed king of Judea by the Roman Senate Appointed and sent by God
Non-Jewish, an Idumean: no claim to kingship through David’s line Both earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, from the line of David; God’s Son
Reigned 37-4 BC Reigns forever
King over Judea, Galilee, Iturea, Traconitis King over all creation
Destroys his family: murdered his wife, three sons, and other family members Grows His family: invites us to become children of the Father and share in His inheritance
Killed innocent babies to maintain power and control (vs. 16) Sacrificed His life so that others may live
Rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem Established our bodies as God’s temple
Secretive, sneaky and deceptive The Way, the Truth and the Life
Died (vs. 19) Died and rose again

When the Magi asked for the “one who has been born king of the Jews,” no wonder Herod felt threatened! He had done many horrible things to become king and it was tricky trying to maintain that power. If only Herod would have realized that Jesus was much more than king of the Jews. If only he would have realized that Jesus is King over a much bigger territory, that Jesus is Lord of All. If only he would have realized Jesus, the King of Love, came to love him, too.

 by Kelly Dycavinu

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Question: What might have happened if Herod swallowed his pride, went with the Magi, and worshipped Jesus? What did he stand to lose? What did he stand to gain?

Together: Share with one another about how and when you became a Christian, about when the King of Love first reigned in your life. Are there any ‘territories’ in your life you want to keep and rule for yourself?

Prayer: Jesus, you are the King of Love. Help us receive and share Your love. Amen.

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Introduction to Face to Face: Advent Reflections

Image credit: The Story of Christmas illustrated by Jane Ray.

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