Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came,and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.
Earlier in Matthew’s gospel we read the account of the wise men and King Herod. This part of the Christmas story filled with intrigue. And I am intrigued by the thought that perhaps the wise men are like the man who built his house on the rock and Herod like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. King Herod has power but the wise men have perseverance. King Herod wants to through his weight around and the wise men want to worship the king of the Jews. King Herod is building his kingdom upon his own own whims and the wise men are building upon God’s prophecy.
And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.
As the Sermon on the Mount draws to a close, Jesus offers a final word picture. The foundations of this world will fall away but the Kingdom of God provides a safe foundation upon which God’s people can build their faith, find hope and live as dearly loved children.
May our worship throughout the rest of advent help us build wisely on the everlasting foundation of Christ the newborn King.