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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
~ 1 Corinthians 1:18-19

It is March, a month named after the Roman god of war: Mars. In the Greco-Roman pantheon, Mars (or Aries in Greek) was the fiercest warrior that a nation could call on for divine assistance when going into battle. It’s from Mars’ name that we get lots of military words such as MARch, MARtial law, and the MARtial arts. This highly favored warrior god is what the Romans, Greeks, and even the Israelites probably imagined when they thought about a god of power and might.

We know that Israel was looking for a Messiah, a Savior to restore the Kingdom of David to its former glory, during the time when the Romans controlled their land. Herod was still the King of Israel, but his power was subordinate to the Roman governors. And let’s face it, Herod was no kind of warrior or powerful king, and he certainly was not a good man—having all the infant boys slaughtered at the time of Jesus’ birth because of the threat of competition for his position on the throne. No, Herod was definitely not the Messiah.

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