All of us, like it or not, have a queen’s syndrome or a king’s syndrome. We all want to be king or queen. I believe it is inherent in our human nature. We do not only want to dictate our own path and destiny, but also the lives of people around us. We have this need to be in control of everything and everyone.
The problem is that most the time our will does not prevail and we get frustrated and upset. Sometimes another king or queen inferior to us shows up, and dethrones us, which is very humiliating.
In the Christmas story we have the case of king Herod. He was a very powerful man in his time. On a certain day a group of Magi from the east came to Jerusalem saying that the King of the Jews was born and they came to worship Him. I do not need to tell you how disturbed Herod and his court became.
The story is in the Gospel of Matthew 2: 1-18. He called the experts of the law and priests to tell him where the new king was supposed to be born. They told him that Bethlehem was the city.
From that point on he had two options: The first one was to accept the prophecies and the words from the Magi and go to Bethlehem to worship the newborn King. This attitude would mean that his posterity would not reign in Israel. He and his family would be removed from the throne and the new King would rule.
This option was not even considered. He was too big to fail. He would not surrender his kingdom to someone that he did not know, even if that person was the Messiah, the Son of God, and the King of kings. No, he would definitely not do that.
It is interesting because Herod was not supposed to be on that throne anyway. He usurped that throne and kept it for himself and his family. He did not belong there, but he took it.
The other option was the one that he procured. He gathered the information from the spiritual leaders and the Magi and decided to eliminate the competition. His action killed many boys under two years old. He did not want to take any risk. That throne would be his and of his sons at any cost. He just missed the greatest opportunity to surrender to the King of kings.
Sometimes we have this same attitude of king Herod during Christmas. Jesus did not come to be a good person, a good teacher, or a good example; He came to be the Messiah, the Savior, the Lord, and the King of kings. He wants to rule and control our lives. The problem is we think that the throne of our lives belongs to us. We believe that the crown is ours, and we do not want to give them to anybody, not even share them.
During this Christmas season you will have the opportunity again and again to surrender the throne of your life to Christ. I pray that you will be wise and will acquiesce to the move of the Holy Spirit to do so. Do not miss this extraordinary opportunity and put the crown that is on your head at Jesus’ feet. Surrender your life to Him.
Have a blessed week,