25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:
Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More
Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia
Promise #20 – the Messiah will be called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2: 13-15). Joseph was the human father God ordained to care for the baby Jesus and his mother Mary. Told by an angel in a dream to take his young family to Egypt for their protection, Joseph obeyed the Lord. When it was safe for their return, and on the heels of Herod’s death, Joseph brought his little family back to Israel to live in Nazareth. Dreams. Angels. Prayers in the night. All these means were used of God to inform his beloved Joseph in the care of the Messiah Jesus. The pathway from Bethlehem to Egypt to Nazareth was the trail of blessing orchestrated by God. Who has God given to accompany you in walking a life of faithfulness, grace, and love? How has God revealed his protection and grace?
Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!