We come this week to the most difficult and tragic part of the Christmas story, an event known as “the slaughter of the innocents.” In fact, this is one of the most difficult and tragic texts in all of Scripture, and it raises some very difficult questions: Why this way? How could God let this happen? How could the promise of our Savior come with so much violence, suffering, and slaughter?
Rather than running from this text and from such hard questions, may we instead find encouragement to take our own questions about suffering and tragedy to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for experiencing those are some of the hardest times of our life and our faith. Why does God seem to stand silently aside when suffering comes to us? If God hates evil, why doesn’t He stop it from coming and touching us? More than simply allowing it, is tragedy, evil, and suffering…part of God’s prophecy and plan to use all things for our good? Why?! How can it be?
Text: Matthew 2:1-18