Matthew 2:16-18 — The Massacre of the Innocents is the part of the Christmas story that we don’t like to think about. It’s the part that usually isn’t found in the Nativity play that children perform, nor is it mentioned in the Christmas cards we give to our loved ones. It’s difficult to understand why, in His sovereignty, God permitted Herod to perpetrate such evil, and why it was recorded in what is otherwise a wonderful story.
Instead of avoiding this part of the narrative, in this sermon we take some time to think it through. We glean some very important lessons about the nature of evil and we see how this awful event highlights the very reason why God sent His Son into the world.