Tuesday, December 6, 2011 7:01 AM
The True King: Video Insights for Christmas
In the first century King Herod had the third largest palace in the world. It was a massive structure, with fortified walls, a company of soldiers, and towers reaching one hundred feet in the air. If that wasnít enough, Herod also had the almost impenetrable fortress of Masada, and numerous other strongholds across Israel.
Determined to preserve his reign and bring about his vision for Israel, Herod undertook some of the largest construction projects in Israelís history. The ruins of those sites last to this day.
From Bethlehem Mary and Joseph would have been able to see Herodium, the hill upon which Herodís massive palace was built. His power was obvious everywhere and the promised king Jesus was a helpless baby.
Consider the faith it took then to say, like Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Magi, that Jesus was the true king and not Herod; even with evidence of Herodís might right outside the window.
Yet long ago God had promised Israel a king, and that Edom (the nation Herod descended from) would one day serve Jacob. And in the Christmas story we read the story of that coming King who would grow up to redeem the world on a Roman cross.