Nor is this the first time something so heinous has happened. The Bible says shortly after Jesus was born, all babies 2 and under in Bethlehem were slain as a result of Herod’s maniacally misguided desire to eliminate any possible competition from this newborn king. We can rest assured those parents and villagers were equally at a sense of grief and loss.
In fact, the manger scene finds its tragic fulfillment in the Easter story in which God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him over to man’s free will, allowing Him to be sacrificed by way of the most brutal manner invented by the ancients — crucifixion.
The Good News is His story had a happy ending that so motivated His disciples, they counted it a joy to buck the culture of that day to tell of His resurrection and saving grace. It is a story still being “bucked” to this day.
Particularly after horrific crimes such as we have seen recently, our culture cries out for the peace first offered by the baby lying in a manger. Therein is the answer.
Lone' Beasley is publisher of The Ada News.