Usually the word “Christmas” stirs up pleasant thoughts and memories. Our text this morning, however, is about events surrounding the first Christmas that were anything BUT pleasant–the plot of King Herod to destroy the Christ-child. Psalm 2 and Matthew 2 are the Scripture texts, read by Kevin Hunsberger.SPARED FOR THE CROSS
(Psalm 2; Matthew 2)
The Judean king in power at the time of Christ’s birth was Herod the _________.
The name “Herod” is a title that means ___________.
Caesar Augustus once remarked that it was better to be Herod’s __________ than to be Herod’s son.
A murderer of anyone suspected of trying to overtake his throne, Herod is most remembered for his scheme to try to destroy the ___________________.
Herod first told the wise men that he wanted to ____________ the Christ-child.
When he realized that the wise men had gone home without telling him where Jesus was, he took out his anger on the children from ___ years old and under.
If Herod had found Jesus and killed Him, there would have been no __________.
Jesus was not spared from the cross; He was spared _____ the cross.
· Until it’s our time to die, the most evil plot of ________ cannot touch us.
· Christ lived under the rule of cruel and corrupt __________, and yet nothing could stop God’s plans and purposes.
· God is always and forever in __________
The Lord brings the counsel of the heathen to ____________ (Psalm 33:10).