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Our Daily Bread - Monday, December 27, 2016
by RBC Ministries

Matthew 2:13-21

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
-Matthew 2:13

Zechariah 1-4
Revelation 18

One year when our family was travelling through Ohio on the way to Grandma’s house, we arrived in Columbus just as a tornado warning was issued. Suddenly everything changed as we feared that our children might be danger.
I mention that story to help us imagine what it was like for Joseph’s family as he, Mary, and their young child travelled to Egypt. Herod, not a tornado, threatened them as he sought to kill their little boy. Imagine how frightening it was for them, knowing that “Herod [sought] the young Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2:13).
We usually take a more idyllic view of Christmastime – lowing cattle and kneeling shepherds in a peaceful scene. But there was no peace for Jesus’ family as they sought to escape Herod’s horror. Only when an angel told them it was safe did the family go out of Egypt and back home to Nazareth (vv.20-23).
Consider the awe we should feel for the incarnation. Jesus, who enjoyed the majesty of heaven in partnership with the Father, set all aside to be born in poverty to face many dangers, and to be crucified for us. Coming out of Egypt is one thing, but leaving heaven for us – that’s the grand and amazing part of this story! – Dave Branon
Jesus our Saviour left heaven above,
Coming to Earth as a Servant with love;
Laying aside all His glory He came,
Bringing salvation through faith in His Name. – Hess

Jesus came to Earth for us so we could go to heaven with Him.


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