We trust that you are all holding on well and are excited about this season. This week we will be celebrating Christmas and we pray that Jesus Christ remains the reason for the season. Christ is the best gift that the entire world needs, especially in the unprecedented times that we are living in due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Our reflection passage reminds of a time when Jesus Christ was born, and some wise men came to visit. On learning this, King Herod was deeply disturbed, he must have wondered who this new King was, and so he called for a meeting with the leading priests and teachers of religious law to enquire further on the news of the Messiah. He even went further to have a private meeting with the wise men. He told the wise men that once they find the child, they come back to share with him so that he too can worship him!
This shows how disturbed Herod was, but his intention was not really to worship, but to harm the child who he thought was a threat to his leadership. On learning that the wise men had outwitted him, Herod was so furious that he ordered the killing of all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, but the all-knowing God had appeared in adream to Joseph, urging him to flee to Egypt with the child and his mother (Mathew 2:13- 14).
God protected the baby Jesus from the evil plan of Herod. A few years later Joseph, Mary and their now grown-up child returned to the town of Nazareth. Brothers and sisters, this passage is a reminder to us that our God remains our only source of protection; even in this unprecedented time, we can be sure of Gods protection not only from the COVID-19 pandemic, but from all other kinds of dangers that Gods people face on a daily basis. The Psalmist in Psalm 91reminds us this about the Lord, ‘’ He alone is our refuge, our place of safety….’’ (91:2).
As we celebrate Christmas, we pray that each of us will make the Lord Jesus Christ his or her refuge, in Him we are safe. The pastoral team will keep you prayed up during this season, we are certain that the Lord whom we celebrate will order His angels to protect you wherever you go.