Summary: Herod was agitated by Messiah. Why did Jerusalem tremble also? Was not Messiah the answer to their problems? This message explores the inner fears that keep someone from receiving liberty in Jesus Christ.
Why Was Jerusalem Troubled?
Last week – Herod had no room for another King
No one would rule his life
No one would rob him of the souls he claimed – (Note the King of Sodom – Gen 14:21 – “Give me the persons” = Give me the souls)
Herod was AGITATED –
Used to describe still waters that are violently disturbed – Like a Jacuzzi today (John 5:4, 7)
People who are supposed to be calm lose it –
The disciples of Jesus Christ experienced this when He came walking on the water. – Matt 14:26
Trouble makers incite riots. – Acts 17:8, Gal 1:7
I can understand Herod’s agitation
The Puzzle – Why was Jerusalem Troubled?
Why would the Joyous Message of Jesus’ Birth cause enslaved people to become agitated?
People are agitated because …
I. Contentment Is Denied(Ignorance is Bliss & Unto whom much is given)
A. A Promise Given – Micah 5:2
a) Micah preached against the materialism / idolatry and the deadening affect it was having on the soul of Judah
b) Each proclamation of judgment is balanced by hope.
2. God promised a King who would deliver
a) He is a Prince, not a tyrant
(1) We are forced to do the will of tyrants.
(2) We are free to serve our Prince.
(a) David wished for a drink from a well in Bethlehem – 2Sam 23:13-17
(b) Soldiers risked their lives to get it
If serving Jesus is drudgery / inconvenient / joyless duty, you are not serving Jesus.
b) He is a Shepherd, not a Hired hand – John 10:11-12
(1) A Hired hand cares only for what he gets out of shepherding
(2) The Shepherd Gives His life for the sheep
He will never be your Shepherd if you refuse to hear His voice. – John 10:27-29
B. A Sign Given – Luke’s Gospel
1. A Priest by the name of Zechariah – Luke 1
a) Made Silent in Jerusalem
b) Prophesied of soon appearance of Messiah / His son the fore-runner
c) His wife met the mother of Messiah
2. A band of Bethlehem’s Shepherds – Luke 2:-20
a) They told what they had experienced
b) They invited others to come and see
3. A man name Simeon – Luke 2:25-35
a) Told people of promise that he would see Messiah before he died
b) One day, his expectation was replaced with joy.
c) Then he died
4. The Men from the East reaffirmed the message, Messiah is born.
C. What more did Jerusalem need?
1. What more do you need?
2. This world can give you temporary escape from its disappointment
a) Amusement Park Ride
b) Hollywood produced joy ride
3. This world cannot give you lasting joy and true peace – Temporary peace and happiness is the opiate of Satan
D. The Waters of your Soul will be agitated by the invitation of Jesus to receive Him for who He is.
1. You may wish that you never knew
2. “Ignorance, when it is voluntary, is criminal.” – Samuel Johnson
II. Compromise is Impossible (No man can serve two masters)
A. In search of Moderation
1. In politics, the moderate maintains the status quo
The world’s shortest book, “The Great Achievements of Moderate Politics”