In a few days, Christmas will be over. Gifts will be given and presents will be opened. Just because Christmas will be over doesn’t mean the story of Jesus ends.
A very important prayer was answered over 2,000 years ago that changed the course of our lives forever. During the time of the birth of Jesus, King Herod an appointed Roman ruler was king of Jerusalem. He was a very ruthless and mean man. He murdered his wife, his 3 sons, his mother-in-law, uncle, babies in Bethlehem and many others. He was not a person the Jews wanted as their king. They very much were waiting and praying for a new king, one that would save them from Herod’s rule (Matthew 2:1-2).
I love how God intervenes to protect His will and plan.How was baby Jesus able to escape the evil plan of the devil?
3 Ways God Intervened:
- God warned the Maggi about Herod’s evil plan in a dream. The Magi decided not to return to Herod but back to their country by another route (Matthew 2:12). Herod learned he had been outwitted by the Magi, that he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under (Matthew 2:16).
- God sent an angel to appear to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, “Get up, 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” (Matthew 2:13). So Joseph and Mary left with baby Jesus to Egypt until the death of Herod.
- After Herod died God sent another angel in a dream to Joseph telling him it was safe to head back to Israel (Matthew 2:19).
God was always one step ahead of Satan. He knew Satan was using Herod for his evil plan, in an attempt to stop one of God’s greatest plans ever—God is bigger.
The only temptations that you have are the temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can stand. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation. Then you will be able to stand it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 ICB).
A Christmas Prayer-
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