THE GREAT ESCAPE

Matthew 2:13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up” he said “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. (NIV)

The morning after Christmas… or just there about. The child Jesus had just been visited by the Magi from the East. Wise men that understand what God was saying to his people, Israel regarding the prophecy of old; Micah5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

For most of us, the build up to Christmas and all the funfare involved in its preparations is probably one of the most common touch topics you will hear just about everywhere you go in the month of December. What you will not hear after all the jingle bells have stopped ringing, all the presents are unwrapped, all the food has been consumed or left over and yes, when the Christmas lights start coming down is…. WHERE IS THE BABY NOW? Stop for a moment and think about that. When you hear someone had a baby, the next set of questions will be related to how the baby is doing…

The reality was, that an innocent baby laying on a manger just after his birth and following the great celebrations and a baby shower of gold, frankincense and myrrh was in grave danger. An evil plan had been thought through by one who felt threathen by a little BABE. Even though God could have well chosen for His son to be born within a secure four walls palaceand to high society or royalty parents, He didn’t. Instead, He chose the most insecure of places, for His Son to be born and there the wise men came to pay him homage.

Maybe that is you right now. God has chosen for you to be in a place where you feel threatened, be it at the loss of a job, or a relationship or something of great value to you. Maybe, you feel that after the Christmas celebrations, your reality remains the same. But just as 2000 years ago, God may be sending someone your way, He has a GREAT ESCAPE plan in place for you, just as He had for His son. After the lights go off, do not fret…

After all, Christmas, THE GREAT ESCAPE, Easter are part and puzzle of the whole story. Yours included. Be encouraged and wait patiently!

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