Throughout the gospels, wherever Christ went, he stirred up people. People were inspired, lame men walked, sinful men and women thirsted for righteousness, and the seats of power (the establishment if you will) seemed to loose it’s luster and prestige after seeing the glory of the Most High.
Matthew tells us of the first announcement of Christ’s presence on earth. Wise men came from the East asking to see Christ and declaring that they knew he had been born. Matthew 2:3 says, “When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”
Don’t miss that last phrase! “All Jerusalem with him.” Jerusalem heard of Christ’s arrival! They knew! And they were scared.
I ask you, what kind of men shake when they hear of God’s arrival?
Herod was carnally minded. He didn’t want Christ to take his “power” from him. The rest of Jerusalem was probably thinking the same way. They didn’t want to disturb the status quo. They liked their life the way it was, and though they were Jews, and called by His name, they were not interested in their Savior if it meant giving up their comfortable life.
How about you?
What is your reaction when you sense Christ nearing to your heart? Do you prefer the comfort and familiarity of your life to the transforming power of Christ?
Some of us are so carnally minded we aren’t interested in Christ being Lord of our life. We like our routine, the sinful pleasures we allow ourselves, the prerogative to do whatever we want.
When Christ shows up, he changes things.
If your spiritual life is stagnant, perhaps it is because you have only allowed Christ to get “so close.” You don’t want Christ to permeate every part of your life, because then you might have to change. You might have to give up your “dominion” of your life.
I challenge you, don’t make that foolish decision. Don’t ever shut Christ out and tell the Lord of Lords to not be the Lord of your heart. Let us be like the wise men who searched out Christ. Let us seek him and lay our lives down before Him.
Herod’s life ended badly. His life was supernaturally ended for not giving God the proper praise. It didn’t have to be that way.
God promised in ancient times, “Them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” – 1 Samuel 2:30
The path to glory is not up, but down.
Don’t be the one shaken with fear at the mention of Christ. Be the one who searches for him each day, to lay your gifts at His feet.