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"Not Fair"

December 28, 2004

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When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and His mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill Him. So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt where he stayed until the death of Herod.” Matthew 2:13-15

What did those little boys do to deserve such a horrid death? What did their parents do to deserve such grief? What was Bethlehem’s sin that this little town should bear such a heavy cost in salvation history?

Do you ever wonder at the unfairness of life? Why are so many in need when we have so much? Why do some go hungry while others are heading on a tropical vacation? Why are children aborted when so many are eager to adopt them? Why do I feel sad when this is supposed to be a joyous time?

Jesus is the Saviour of an unfair world. He bore the brunt of its injustice when on the cross He who is heaven’s Holy Child received the pangs of hell. The witness of those Bethlehem children to the Christ still speaks today. In their wicked death God was still to be praised. Jesus did ask to save us. And in His death and risen life God’s eternal praises find their source.

Prayer: Lord, in the midst of the injustice of our world, grant that I may rest in Your undeserved mercy through Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: Pray for those yet to be born, that our heavenly Father may bring them safely into the world, and into His Son’s kingdom.
Rev. Warren Hamp

Today's Bible Readings: Nehemiah 10-11    Revelation 19

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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