He Came to Take Us Home

Day Three: Twelve Days of Christmas

“There’s no place like home.”

Off To London

In 1958, my Air Force Dad received orders for Britain, so off we went to merry old England where we spent four lovely years. I don’t remember much, but I’m told we had a great time! But then it was back to the good old US of A. I do remember how excited we were to be going home because: 

“There’s no place like home.”

And Jesus?

Nazareth was Mary and Joseph’s home, and would be Jesus’ home too, but not for a while. He was born in Bethlehem, a birth that threatened King Herod and Herod tolerated no threats. Having failed to murder the infant King, he ordered all the male children in Bethlehem, age two and under, to be killed. But Mary and Jospeh were warned, and escaped to Egypt to escape Herod’s villainy.

But Egypt?

The challenge was that Egypt was full of Egyptians, not Jews. I wonder how Joseph made a living? Did they live off the gold given to Jesus by the Magi? Was there a Synagogue? What about Passover? Did Joseph go back for the feasts?  Could the grandparents visit? Living in Egypt must have been difficult and disheartening.

Pyramids

 

The Greater Good

But there was divine purpose for the young Messiah, and eventually, the family returned to Nazareth. He grew up there and would be known as, “Jesus the Nazarene.” The world would need him to die, but not as an infant, and not in Egypt, or even Bethlehem.

God provided some courageous people who loved and protected him.

Thank you Mary and Joseph.

To Close

At just the right time, Jesus died for us, he was born to die. So, in this holiday season, we thank God for amazing grace, for God came near, he is Emmanuel, and he came to take us home.

Dorothy was right, “There’s no place like home.”

Merry Christmas

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