The Refugee Effect
Part of the Christmas story that we rarely talk about is the order by King Herod to slaughter all baby boys. His insecurity and fear forced Jesus’ parents to flee their home country and take refuge in a country not their home. While still a baby, Jesus became a refugee. Uninvited. Unwelcomed. A stranger in a strange land. Our ‘Immanuel’... God with us.
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me…‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25: 34-36, 40