Because of his idolatrous selfishness, King Herod missed an opportunity to welcome the true King of Kings. We miss Christ, too, when we allow our pride to overcome our devotion. Herod tainted the season of Jesus’ infancy not only for Joseph and Mary, but also for everyone under his authority. As we see from this passage, Herod ordered the murder of many innocent infants. His broken selfishness devastated those around him.
The Christmas season has become such a very busy time of the year filled with so many different things we scramble to fit them all in. In this process, do we miss Christmas? This does not only happens to us today, it also happened in the Bible.