Monday, 26 December 2016

Advent / Christmas 30 Day Retreat: Day 29

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 
When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.
 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’ (Matthew 2:3-6)


Herod, and those who support him, are disturbed because they do not understand this baby Jesus. Herod can only understand the great events in terms of his own particular power and prestige and how that is threatened.

Jesus came to us so we could experience the fullness of life and Herod can be seen to represent all the powers of evil that would keep us from that life that God wants for us.

Jesus is not born in Rome, Athens or Jerusalem or any of the great cities of the Roman Empire, but in Bethlehem. Bethlehem means the ‘house of bread’ and Jesus himself is to be the bread of life who will feed us and therefore for us to experience eternal life through him.

The powers of evil are always seeking to attack and control the weak both in the spiritual and natural world we live in.

As disciples we can experience the protection of God and the fullness of life by putting Jesus first in our life. We do not have to be the wisest or richest people but we can be the greatest disciples when we seek to love Jesus in every part of our life.