Come and See
Now when they had departed, behold, 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.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene. – Matthew 12:13-23
Check out last week’s sermon here.
The Humility of Christ
Come to Nazareth, most insignificant of towns, and see the Savior humbly dwell. He had no beauty or princely upbringing that we should see Him as a worthy Lord (Isaiah 53:2). He came from lowly Nazareth. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46).
Come and see the greatest good for all mankind. God took on human flesh, serving the servants. He came from humble Nazareth, bore our sins on the cross, and now reigns exalted at the right hand of God (Philippians 2:5-11).
The Sin and Suffering in the World
Come to Herod’s house and see the tyranny of our sin. King Jesus calls for us to call Him Lord; our ‘king of self’ must be made obsolete and Jesus enthroned in us by the Spirit. But Jesus will not rule within our hearts of opposition. We would rather play David’s card and take measures (through effective murder) to keep our reign (2 Samuel 11:14-17). We would rather play the Herod card and kill those who might usurp our power and control over what is ‘ours’. “My kingdom of self, my choice!” We will slaughter others no matter the cost if it might keep us on our throne.
The Providence of God in it All
Come to the Advent story and see a God by no means naive, a God not competing with chance, nor a God not far off but utterly close. He spoke to His prophets (v. 15) many times calling for His Son’s peculiar arrival into the world. The world engrossed in sinning, suffering, and loss was offered a lowly Savior, God’s Son. Jesus came to His own, and they rejected and killed Him (John 1:11). Yet, the very act rejecting this humble Servant was God’s purposeful sovereignty. God willed to crush His Son (Isaiah 53:10). Now there is an offer of peace by crucifixion of that Savior (Colossians 1:20).
Praise God, by His providence you can proclaim, there is no other name than Jesus alone where salvation is found (Acts 4:12)!