This Sunday before Christmas weekend we are going to look at the incident in Bethlehem where King Herod abuses his power and orders the murder of innocent children. Why such a story at Christmas time? Well, Matthew felt it important enough to include it, so we should look at it and understand, as best we can the question, why does God let bad things happen to good people?
I want us to find hope in the midst of darkness, to see mourning turned to joy and the deliverance of God in hard times. To fully understand the words of the hymn writer when he says:
“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn…” Christ is born.