Thus says the LORD, “A voice is heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; She refuses to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.” Jeremiah 31:15
Part of the Christmas story that nobody usually talks about is known as “Rachels Weeping” this was prophesied by Jeremiah and fulfilled in the gospel of Matthew
However we must remember that the Christmas story is not just about the birth of Christ but about the rebirth of humanity through Christ. This could only be accomplished by Jesus taking the punishment of our sin so we can be saved. So essentially Christ was born to die, born to defeat sin and death, born to set the captives free…set us free!
Who is Rachel? Rachel was the wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph. For those of you familiar with the story of Joseph, he was a shadow of Christ to come. Rachels Tomb, which is one of the holiest sites in Israel, is in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
The prophecy of “Rachels Weeping” was fulfilled when King Herod issued a decree that all boys in Bethlehem 2 years old and younger be put to death in fear that they were the Messiah
Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. Matthew 2:16
Since the beginning Satan has declared war on God, he would use any means he can to try and destroy the fulfillment of the Messiah (Christ) If Jesus wasn’t important Satan wouldn’t be spending his final days trying to stop Jesus, trying to divide the Church, trying to lead people astray with false doctrine and religion.
Jesus said Satan came to rob, steal, and kill (John 10:10) Accept the gift from God which is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the only way to salvation, Amen!