Advent, Week 3, Day 1 – Jesus Our Asylum In the Midst of Evil
From Matthew 2:1-2, 7-13 (NLT)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”….
7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
The world hasn’t changed much in the last 2,000 years. Those with power plot and scheme, while those without pay the price. Even now our country and world face great menacing evil. How do we face it without being overcome with fear for ourselves and future generations?
Mary and Joseph had to flee for their lives because of an insecure king bent on annihilating any threat to his rule. When Herod realized that the wise men from the east outwitted him, he ordered the onslaught of all baby boys of Bethlehem under the age of 2. Had not God intervened with a dream, and had Joseph not listened and fled to Egypt for asylum, most assuredly baby Jesus would have lost his life that tragic day.
If you are currently facing evil in your life, or if you look at the world around you and shudder at how we can continue to survive, know that just as God provided a way for Joseph and Mary to face the evil that longed to swallow them, so too he has made a way for us. Please join me this week as we consider Jesus, our asylum in the midst of evil.
If you make the Lord your refuge (shelter or trust),
if you make the Most High your shelter (dwelling or asylum),
10 no evil will conquer you;
With great love,
(I’d like to thank Amanda Case from Lighthouse Church for her beautiful chalk art background to my feature this week.)