25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:
Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More
Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia
Promise #19 – the Messiah will be born among sorrow and the object of a murderous plot (Jeremiah 31:15 and Matthew 2: 16-18). When the Magi outwitted Herod’s wish to know the location of the baby Jesus, all the boys in Bethlehem under the age of two were ordered to be killed. Because of the Lord’s protection, Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled for Egypt to escape the wrath of small-minded, jealous-hearted Herod. Jeremiah’s words came true and weeping and mourning ensued. How sad to realize such unfortunate evil would surround the joyous birth of the Messiah. Our world is ravaged by suffering, violence, and injustice…how will you lovingly respond today?
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!