In many places in the world, God’s love is expressed through his people in the midst of severe persecution. There are countries where if a person becomes a Christian, they can be put to death. There are countries where being a Christian can mean facing opposition and oppression from the government.
Such was the case during the first Christmas. God showed his love for us in the birth of Jesus. Jesus left heaven to be born as a human baby to be our Savior.
But King Herod felt threatened that someone was born to be the King of the Jews, so Herod sent his soldiers to Bethlehem with the orders to kill all of the male children two years old and younger. The savagery of soldiers killing babies and toddlers is a stark contrast to the gentle love of a baby being born to become our Savior.
When I think about the whole story of the first Christmas, I also think about the cruelty that exists in our world even to this day. In my ministry and work, I meet and befriend people who have suffered harsh realities. My desire is to share the love of God with them in hopes they can come to know Jesus as their Savior. My desire is also to help them with their new lives in my city.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.