a few days ago, i mentioned that you will probably never see a baby-eating dragon on the front of a Christmas card. and yet, it’s right there in the pages of the Bible.
you know what else you won’t see on a card this year?
that is the killing of newborn infants.
and that’s exactly what happened at the first Christmas.
what an incredible story. here are the highlights:
there is a Roman appointed “king of the Jews” named Herod.
he heard of another king born in his realm.
the magi told him.
they wondered, “where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”
this probably pissed Herod off. old kings don’t like it when new kings are born.
he was disturbed.
he told the magi to find this baby and let him know so he could go and worship.
but Herod never intended to worship the newborn king.
he intended to kill the newborn king.
God warned the magi to go home another way and avoid Herod.
and since Herod couldn’t kill the one baby boy
he would kill all the baby boys.
it became known as “the massacre of the innocents.”
it was also a massacre of the innocence.
and it revealed (again) the world’s need for a Savior.
and while you will most likely never see infanticide coming from Hallmark anytime soon…they do depict well that a Savior was indeed given.
a baby boy.
who survived death once.
to grow up and defeat it again.