Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
This vignette at the beginning of Jesus’ life illuminates the horrific nature of evil more clearly than any other part of the Gospel, except the Crucifixion. Is this even a Christmas story? The whole course of history declares humanity’s need for a Savior. Yet, God’s plan for salvation has not been, and cannot be, thwarted.