Herod Kills the Children
Matthew 2:16–18 (ESV)
16Then 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. 17Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18“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.”
The young boys of Bethlehem die, but Jesus escapes. He escapes death at the hands of Herod,
that later He might die on the cross for all sinners, even ones so cruel as Herod or so young as two-year-olds. Jesus sacrificed His innocent life to redeem all people from sin, death, and the power of the devil. Trusting in Jesus, we have perfect innocence
before our Father in heaven.
I pray: We praise You, Jesus, for willingly giving up Your life at the proper time for our salvation. Amen.