You know what I love about the Christmas Story and how God introduced His Son into the world…it was messy. It wasn’t a clean and safe story of a baby born to a family in the midst of their best times-NOT AT ALL. When you read the Christmas story look at what is going on in the culture and in the life of the Characters involved.
King Herod finds out that the One who is said to be the future King of the Jews is born. With this knowledge he decides to kill all the males two years and younger.
Matthew 2:16- Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
That is not a Christmas card you see every year! A Christmas card that truly depicted the environment and the scene in which Jesus was born. It was messy and dangerous. Yet in the midst of the chaos God still makes a way. God’s plan could not be stopped no matter how strongly man tried to intervene.
In fact Joseph, Mary and Jesus had to flee into Egypt. For the Hebrew people Egypt was a place of bondage- not refuge. God’s plan was to take Jesus out of the mess and place him into a place known for oppression? What was once a place of oppression now gave refuge for God’s plan of mans restoration.
So as Jesus lies in a safe place, protected. There is a mass genocide of male children happening. Nothing about this looks or sounds peaceful. But think about this- In the midst of destruction and chaos- God makes a plan for healing. Even in the midst of death of these children God’s plan to overcome death was in place.
This is the craziest story. Filled with messiness. Filled with chaos. Filled with Hurt. But in the midst of all this God’s plan still comes through, bringing peace.
This story makes Jesus relatable. My life is filled with chaos…messiness and hurt. It is filled with events that cause pain. My hope is that in the midst of all that if I interject God’s plan PEACE will be established. This Christmas season don’t let the hustle and bustle of past hurts, regrets or failures keep you from living out the message of Christmas- one of peace in the midst of chaos- a message of God’s plan coming through regardless of man’s attempts to stop it.
Today we deal with peace…tomorrow forgiveness!