Who’s afraid of a nursing infant? Herod, one of two despots in the Christmas story. The infamous ruler recognized in baby Jesus a genuine threat to his kingdom of coercion.
Foreign dignitaries had arrived from afar, inquiring the whereabouts of heaven’s royal child. Herod sensed trouble for his domain of darkness. He launched a plot mercifully thwarted: “Flee to Egypt,” God’s angels warned Joseph, so baby Jesus won’t be killed. Instead, Herod himself soon met his demise.