The Herod’s. Herod the “great”. Herod Antipas, Herod Agrippa I and Herod Agrippa II. These men were in power in the Roman empire in the lifetime on earth of Jesus and His disciples. How they persecuted them and how they ordered their deaths and had them martyred. However – the Gospel went out despite these rulers who would have had it some other way. How are our lives – either like the disciples of Jesus or unlike them? Will the Gospel go out no matter what?? These men gladly gave their lives to further the Gospel. That we could be even a little like them. Abba Father might we give our all to our savior. Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
At that very hour some Pharisees came, and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”