Many times I have heard the Christmas story and many times there is something that has been overlooked in this story. Something that is terrible and yet at the same time shows that a prophesy had come to pass. It is something terrible, but shows that the world regardless of its belief system, still fears that there is an all powerful God out there.
I too have brushed past this part of the scripture for many years, but for some reason this year, it is ringing in my head.
This fear over history has caused many innocent people to be killed. Why, because the world thinks that it can control the inevitable in God’s Word. Why, because the world has always looked at themselves as being in power. Rather than embrace the fact that they are not in control, they will do anything, anything to prevent losing it.
We live in a world where we are surrounded by news of innocents being killed for the sake of another’s agenda. I have heard many people say to me that things are looking darker. But as I read my word, I am shown that nothing has changed over time, it is just more obvious through media. Nothing is new under the sun.
Look at how many innocent children where massacred when the birth of Moses was foretold.
In verse 16-17 in Matthew 2 (below), look at how many innocent children lost their lives when the birth of Jesus was foretold.
Jesus’s birth was foretold, our Prince of Peace, our Savior of the Jew and the Gentile. But his birth came at a great price to those around him. Even as a new born. This was foretold and it came to pass.
So when you see injustice in the world, please remember that the fear of the world, will always try to control the things of God. That is the way that it will always be until Jesus returns to us. It has been this way since Cane and Abel.
Matthew 2 (ESV)
The Visit of the Wise Men
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘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.’”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The Flight to Egypt
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Herod Kills the Children
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
The Return to Nazareth
19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.