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12 Days of Christmas (10): The Death of the Innocents


A Communion Meditation…

Death of the Innocents

The Death of the Innocents

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under…. – Matthew 2:16

We often call the event described in this verse “The Death of the Innocents.” King Herod ordered the murder of all baby boys in Bethlehem 2 years old and under.

He did this to kill Jesus. The Magi had come to Jerusalem asking where they could find the newly born King of the Jews. Herod wanted no rival king. He had even ordered the murder of his own sons.

Where was Jesus while this was going down?

Flight by Night to Egypt

God had told Joseph to take Him, along with His mother Mary to Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath.

This is a real irony. Jesus escaped the death of the Innocents so He could live to die, the Innocent dying to save those who were dead in trespasses and sins.

He remained innocent His entire life. He faced temptation, but did not sin. Though death is the wages of sin, he accepted dying as the price of my salvation. His was the ultimate “Death of the Innocent.”

In this “Death of the Innocent,” He restores my innocence.

May I thank Him eternally for what He does for me!

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