- Ada, Oklahoma


February 7, 2014

Opposition to Christ

Ada — As soon as Jesus Christ was born there were those who sought to destroy Him. The account immediately after Christ’s birth in Matthew 2 explains how the “troubled” King Herod tried to craftily take His life. 

This marked the beginning of a lifetime of opposition that the Savior would face. But why would King Herod seek this child’s life? Why was this innocent baby perceived as a threat?

One reason may be that Christ was announced to King Herod as “the King of the Jews.” King Herod was likely concerned that this child would be a future rival to the government or at least be a source of uproar and chaos. 

After escaping from King Herod, Jesus made no attempts to overthrow the government, but he continued to make enemies as well as gain many followers.

Jesus grew and performed His ministry while the Pharisees, the religious authorities of that time, took offense to Him and His teachings. 

They were threatened because many people were choosing to follow Christ rather than believe in their doctrines and because Christ exposed their corruption without regard for their high social standing at the time. Matthew 23 is an account of Christ’s piercing rebuke to the Pharisees and scribes. 

Ultimately, Christ was handed over to the Roman authorities by the religious leaders to be crucified. Throughout all of the resistance, Jesus never was overcome by His opponent’s threats, intimidation or persecution. 

He remained faithful to His Father’s will until He yielded up His spirit on the cross. 

His purpose was to bring light into the world and salvation to all who accept His sacrifice as atonement for their sins and follow Him in obedience. He loved to the very end, even asking God to forgive those who nailed Him to the cross.

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