Matthew 2: The Aftermath of Jesus’ Birth

Reposted from Pastor Zellers

READ | LISTEN

(23 verses, 3:45 to read)

What I am about to READ

The events following Christ’s birth.

MARK and LEARN

1-12: The birth of the Messiah, as prophesied in the Old Testament, is confirmed by the account of the wise men. The star leading them to Jesus was a miraculous/supernatural star. The wise men were gentiles, likely from Babylon where some Jews still lived. It’s probable that these wise men were aware of the Old Testament writings and the prophecy of the coming Messiah. When they saw Jesus they fell down and worshipped Him – an act demonstrating Jesus’ divinity.

13-15: With Herod’s evil plan looming in the background, God sent word to Joseph through a messenger, an “angel of the Lord.” The family quickly fled to Egypt to escape the raging madness of King Herod.

16-18: The Martyrdom of the Holy Innocents. To ensure the continuation of his reign and consumed by the lust for power, King Herod killed all the baby boys 2 years old or under in the region of Bethlehem. The massacre of the children by King Herod is commemorated with the Feast of the Holy Innocents, celebrated on December 28.

19-23: After the death of Herod, God once again sent word to Joseph through an angel. It was now safe to return to Nazareth. Jesus was under the protection of His Father in heaven. He was also under the protection Joseph, the man appointed to be His earthly father. God spoke directly to Joseph, and as a good earthly father Joseph obeyed God’s word and cared for His family.

MEDITATE

The Collect of the Day for the Feast of the Holy Innocents:

Almighty God, the martyred innocents of Bethlehem showed forth Your praise not by speaking but by dying. Put to death in us all that is in conflict with Your will that our lives may bear witness to the faith we profess with our lips; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever.

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Sub Cruce,

Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.

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