Today’s Reading: Matthew 2:13-23
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 65:8-25; Luke 3:1-20
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in Egypt in a dream saying, “Rise and take the child and His mother and go to the land of Israel for those seeking the life of the child are dead.” (Matthew 2:19-20)
Merry Christmas! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, we see baby Jesus again! He’s doing what He always does—He’s earning our salvation.
God had called the children of Israel His people. He said that He was their God and they were His people. He kept them safe in a famine and brought them to Egypt. When the Egyptians enslaved His people, He brought them out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. But in the wilderness they complained against God and then rejected God, saying that a golden calf actually had saved them from Egypt.
God’s people failed Him. To save them, He decided to live His life for them and to do what was required of them. He sent His Son. Jesus is Israel, His people. He is born, flees to Egypt like Israel. Then, He’s called out of Egypt.
Jesus checks all the boxes that are required of children of God. He does what you can’t. You can’t justify yourself. So He lives His life in your place. Then He suffers the punishment you earn when you fail to keep what God requires of you. He is Israel for you and so He makes you Israel.
God leaves nothing about your salvation up to you! This way it is most sure! Salvation and faith and hope and joy all flow from God’s faithfulness. He is faithful. You are faithful to God in Him. He is holy. You are holy in Him. He is in heaven, so you will be in heaven.
What a Twelfth Day of Christmas gift! Baby Jesus is all about the work today of being your Savior. He is Israel for you. You are Israel, God’s people, because of Him. He’s the Son of God. You are a child of God in Him. Merry Christmas! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt
Almighty God, You have poured into our hearts the true Light of Your incarnate Word. Grant that this Light may shine forth in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas)