Why we celebrate Christmas:
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ isLord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Phil. 2:5-11
“When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt” – Matt. 2:14
At this time every year, the claim that Jesus was a refugee makes its rounds.
The claim is not historically accurate.
Jesus was not a refugee.
The reference is to Joseph and Mary’s flight into Egypt (Matt. 2:13–23). The idea is implied that they were seeking political sanctuary/asylum.
However, Egypt was part of the Roman Empire.
Like traveling from Texas to California, both are under the jurisdiction of the United States. They were not entering or leaving illegally in any shape or form.
This claim is used to equate the birth of Jesus with the current illegal immigration debate. It’s also used to guilt and shame Christians by using the Bible against a Christian.
Mary and Joseph were fleeing a Godless unbeliever who was slaughtering innocent babies. That sounds more familiar to today.
Image ref: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt_(Roman_province)
Lots of nativities around this time of year. Lots of mangers. Lots of little plastic Baby Jesus’s. Who is that Baby? Sounds simple, but this is THE greatest question.
There is no shortage of answers. Allow me to direct you to one.
That Baby would later describe Himself as, “the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Rev. 22:13)
Alpha & Omega, huh? That’s Greek, of course. We would say A-Z. This doesn’t just mean all 26 letters (24 for them). I mean, it does, but it also means every word created with those letters.
Think about how much of our life now is in letters: texts, tweets, and posts! All letters. And Jesus said He is the A all the way down to the Z.
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