Jesus was a refugee Himself

Last updated on December 9, 2021

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy Him.’” (Matthew 2:13)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem during the reign of Herod the Great. As soon as the wise men from the east told Herod about a newborn king, he was determined to kill this child. After all, a “king of the Jews” would be a potential rival for his throne! King Herod decided to murder all baby boys of two years old or under in Bethlehem, to make sure that Jesus was killed as well.

But he had not taken into account that God would intervene. An angel warned Joseph in a dream. He then took Mary and Jesus to Egypt, where they remained until Herod’s death. So, when He was only a little boy, Jesus was a refugee who was not safe in His own country.

Satan tried to hinder God’s salvation plan by killing Jesus before He could carry out His mission. Later on, he tried to tempt Jesus into sin, which would have made Him unable to pay for the sins of others. Finally, Satan seemed to have won the battle when Jesus was crucified. But no, Jesus’ death on the cross was actually part of His commission and He rose again! Satan could not frustrate His salvation work, nor could king Herod. God’s plans never fail.

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