Holy Innocents

flight-into-egyptThe Protection of Children

Our children are so vulnerable on this earth, Jesus was no exception. The Christ Child was more than an inconvenience to Herod. After all, the wisemen had called the child “King of the Jews” and sought Him out to worship. This was just too much for Herod to comprehend. Not understanding Judaism and the prophecy concerning the child, Herod could take no chances. His very kingdom might be threatened.

Jesus would later sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world, but His time had not yet come. God the Father had to take steps to secure the safety of His Son:

When the wise men had departed, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, 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.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”   (Matthew 2:13-15)

How do we protect our children today? Do we not abort our children up to nine months of pregnancy simply because they are an inconvenience to us? Are they a threat to our lifestyle? Perhaps we should change our lifestyle. We live in a day when there is little fear of God. Do we place our personal pleasure above the life and safety of others? Now is a time for confession and repentance.

There is only one solution for the evil that plagues the earth. The Apostle John on the Island of Patmos had a vision which contained the answer and promise of God to His people:

I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”   (Revelation 21:1-4)

How do we live while we await the culmination of Christ’s ministry? We need to conduct ourselves in a more godly way while we are still on earth. We need to take responsibility for the care of our children. The Church has been largely silent about this issue. Now is the time to speak out against evil. Now is the time for each one of us to do all that we can, by the grace of God, to bare witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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