There on the page of a child's book, the story was totally foreign to me.
That frigid night my son and I sat by the window sill—the cold air bleeding through the panes, doling out goosebumps. With son on my knee, we read through the entire Christmas story culled from all three of the synoptic gospel accounts.
Maybe it was the simplicity of the book or the setting in which we read, but something about those words struck me that night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
You’ve probably read this verse before. I know I had.
And while it might seem like a side note to the story of Christ, it actually holds the key to why Jesus came to earth.
Let me explain.