One night shortly after Jesus’ birth an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary and Jesus and flee to Egypt because Herod was searching for Jesus to kill him. So, in the middle of the night – not the next day – Joseph woke is Mary, wrapped baby Jesus up and took off for Egypt. That night baby Jesus became a refugee. We sometimes forget that part of the Christmas story. We’d rather think about the baby in the manger, angels appearing to shepherds and wise men bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But the Christmas story also includes Jesus’ family fleeing at night for their lives, moving to a distant country and waiting for God to tell them what to do next. And, while we love the cozy parts of the Christmas story that include the manger, shepherds, angels and wise men, our life experience connects more with the part of fleeing to Egypt. We all experience scary moments, unwanted journeys, and waiting on God for answers in life, don’t we? I know I do.
Text: Matthew 2:13 – 23