Christmas 2012

18 12 2012

The Christmas story is all about Jesus’ birth. God became flesh and dwelt among us. He is the prophesied Emmanuel, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Of course, at the first Christmas there was Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, and wise men. The wise men may have missed the actual birthday, but were there soon after.

The wise men or Magi, were from the East and came to Jerusalem to worship a King whose star they had seen while in their country of origin. Upon getting to Jerusalem, the inquired of the ruling official about the exact whereabouts of this royal child. The official was Herod, a very jealous deputy king of the region. He acted interested and sought further information about this newborn King. He convinced the Magi to stop in before they went back home and tell him of His whereabouts. Being warned of an angel, they returned to their native country another way.

Herod was angry, very angry. He order the massacre of every young child below the age of two. The massacre is “The Slaughter of the Innocents” in Biblical chronology. In Matthew 2:18, we read that “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”

In Christmas 2012 we again hear the voice of Rachel weeping for her children, inconsolable because a senseless act of violence has taken away her child. It is a part of the Christmas story we do not often hear, the uncontrollable weeping of the survivors of murdered children. In Christmas 2012 we will forever remember the voice of Rachel weeping for her children. I have wept for the senseless slaughter of the innocents in Newtown, Ct..

Pray for those who weep for the loss their children. For those whose Christmas’ are forever changed.




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