Jesus was born into a world of turmoil and struggle between the Roman conquerors and the Jewish leaders. Having pagans and Jews live as neighbors is a disaster brewing. Especially since the pagans were trying to force their beliefs on the Jewish people. And everything about Jewish life and government revolved around their religious beliefs.
Sounds like the “Push Me, Pull You” of the Dr. Doolittle story.
The Romans made Herod their regional ruler for them over the Jews. Herod was twenty-six years old, Jewish, and made 1.6 million dollars a year. (1.6 million in our money today.) Except he was a converted Jew, so the Jewish people did not regard him as one of them. Herod could have cared less about the Jewish people and their leaders, his allegiance was to Rome.
I would be interested to see if Herod and King Henry the 8th of England were related. They both had a gruesome way to end their marriages, so that they could marry another woman. And if killing all those children in hopes he had killed the Messiah were not enough, Herod made sure everyone would mourn when he died. He told his sister Salome to arrest and put in jail the most important leaders of the Jewish people. And when the news came that he had died, they were all to be killed.
So, in the middle of this demented push me, pull you type of existence, a baby was born. Not an ordinary baby either, but our Messiah Jesus Christ!
You see, what Herod did not understand was that God does not work within our human parameters. He is bigger than everything in the universe. Human planning will never, ever supersede God’s plans.
Even in today’s push me, pull you world; God is still here. You hear about the middle east turmoil, and the violence throughout the world…God is still here. Your day has been one push and pull away from sending you over the edge…God is still here.
If God can send a baby, in the middle of the vile evil which had a grip on Jerusalem, to be our Messiah. Don’t you think God can handle what is going on in the world and our lives today? We just have to ask Him and then we have to allow Him to take over!
Give the “Push Me, Pull You” back to Dr. Doolittle and give your life to God!
God Bless You!
And God Bless America!