|In a few days, we will be honoring the famous birthday celebration that took place in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago when Jesus was born. The story of Jesus’ birth starts with a villain, Herod the Great, but we don’t hear much about him. He was a great builder, a business titan, and would be considered a worldwide celebrity and billionaire today. He was crowned King of the Jews by the Senate in Rome, and although he wasn’t Jewish, he was an Edomite and related to Jews. Unfortunately he was an evil and murderous man and always tried to prove he was “King of the Jews.”
So imagine Herod’s anger when a group of mystics from the East, who traveled in a caravan to Jerusalem following the star of Jesus, asked, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews?” This caused a great uproar and conflict in the city because they knew that the King of the Jews was Herod the Great.
Friend, the Magi made their way to Jesus and placed their gifts before Him. That’s why we give gifts on Christmas and celebrate the birth of our Savior! At that moment, no one cared about Herod and his massive buildings. The focus was Jesus! There is a wondrous beauty during the Christmas season expressed through nativity scenes — a gathering of the rich, the poor, the influential, the unimportant, children, and seniors. They are all coming together in thanksgiving to God for the best day ever, the birth of Jesus Christ!