Advent Reflection

This video has opened my eyes to a new nugget in the Christmas story this year. King Herod. The wicked King who commanded that all baby boys age 2 and under be killed upon hearing of the birth of the true King. I’ve never really stopped to think before of the thousands of babies who died along with the thousands of mothers and fathers and siblings who died while trying to save them. That would have been my little Malachi…

“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”

 Matthew 2:16-18

A friend who has known great loss on this side of heaven reflected on this dark piece of Scripture with me. She quotes, “I am strangely thankful and disgusted that God sent his son and had so many little boys/moms/people murdered to try to rid the world of him.  I am thankful because it just opens up more of His entering into our weakness, entering into our temptation to sin (self pity, anger, downcast/depression, guilt, etc.).  And then disgusted that these lengths were allowed. ”

Strangely Thankful. And Disgusted. That this had to happen for the Savior to come…

“…and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21