Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Herod... the children who "are no more"... Christmas... and Jesus

It's often said that a true nativity scene would be one that included images of the soldiers of Herod and their bloody swords.  For is this not also part of the Christmas story?...

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.”

When the New and Greater Moses comes to lead us into the New and Greater Promised Land, we also find another satanic pharaoh determined to kill more children.

This is not an unfamiliar part of the story in this dark, sorry, insane, broken, sin-sick, death-weary world that has turned its back on God.

When the tragedy in Connecticut happened, it was shocking.  And at the same time it was tragically not shocking.  Not to anyone who's been paying attention.

In fact, that's really the very reason we have Christmas.  We have Christmas because this world so obviously and so desperately needs a Savior.  This is why he came... because of "Rachel weeping for her children."

There is no "answer" in the normal sense of the word for what happened in Connecticut.  Sin is always senseless and pointless.  It defies an answer.  It always accomplishes nothing, but grieves everyone.  This is true in Genesis chapter three, and it's true today.

The only possible answer is the coming of a Savior who will crush the head of Satan and set this world right again.

The only possible answer is Jesus, whom God has sent.

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