Jesus was a refugee. Christians seldom attach that description to the Christ child.
We are willing to attach Jesus to his birth mother, Mary; to his adoptive father, Joseph; to his procreative Maker, Holy Spirit. We are willing to describe the baby as an infant holy, an infant lowly.
We cradle Jesus and bestow upon him numerous titles — Immanuel, Prince of Peace, Savior — yet one crucial aspect of Christ’s childhood narrative rarely is noted. Jesus was a refugee.
Jesus was neither the first nor the last refugee. At the same time we worshiped on Christmas Eve, there were persons travelling under the cover of night — fleeing from hostile forces, seeking refuge.
The miracle of the Christmas story may not be that of Jesus’ birth; instead, the miracle may be that Jesus lived.
We receive our salvation through one who was a refugee. Let every heart prepare him room.
Laurie A. McNeill is the Teaching Elder for the yoked congregations in Highland and Marlboro.