“Christmas Mourning” - December 30, 2020
A voice is heard Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted. Luke 2:18
It is common and even understandable that in our world so much of the Christmas story is romanticized and sentimentalized. In the dark days of winter, what could be more uplifting than the story of a miraculous birth and celebrating that the person born will one day show himself as the Saviour of the world. The Bible itself showcases the angels broadcasting “good news of great joy for all the people.”
It is right and natural to celebrate such an event every year! But the Christmas story is one of need. The world needed to be rescued. It needed relief and healing from thick darkness and deep-seated evil. Matthew 2 makes that need so apparent; the volatile and insecure King Herod ordering a mass murder of hundreds of Bethlehem boy infants and toddlers. The Saviour was born but there was (and is) much work to be done before the one true Light would fully overcome the darkness.
This story of Matthew 2 is convenient to pass over because it doesn’t seem to fit with the romanticized pictures we would rather spend time imagining. However, there are realities even today that remind us of the world’s need for a “Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.” Among those needs are people who like the Christ-child have been required to escape to elsewhere in order to keep their lives.
Today’s song Refugee King is offered by Liz Vice and Madison Cunningham … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66RaKmBnfWQ