In this message we consider the hopes and fears of Herod. Why would we focus on such a despicable person? For one, you can’t tell the whole story of Jesus’ birth without him. More importantly, he was a man with profound hopes and fears. In fact, his hopes and fears shed great light on the true identity, purpose, and power of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 2.1-12, Matthew puts the portraits of two kings side by side. One is a worldly king who is cruel, self-centered, and willing to kill to preserve his hopes and overcome his fears. The other is the heavenly King who is grace-filled, servant-hearted, and willing to die in order that our hopes would be secure and our fears driven out.
Which king do you want ruling over you?