Jesus was a refugee

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 20th, 2015

Jesus was a refugee. If we’re Christians, we have to come to terms with that reality. Our Lord was a refugee.

‘An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you…and he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod’ (Matthew 2.13-25).

Here’s a great use of six minutes of your time: watch the Samaritan’s Purse video below, of a raft full of refugees arriving on the island of Lesbos. Notice the frail, elderly people and the tiny children. Imagine your terror as a parent as you clutch your small child on a leaky raft, knowing that other rafts have recently sunk. Think of leaving everything you know, uncertain how you will make a living, wondering whether you’ll be rejected wherever it is you’re arriving at. Consider your own response to the current refugee crisis. How are you thinking through this huge issue? Do you think of the refugees in one big lump, as a problem to be dealt with? Are you afraid of them? Do you want to keep them away? Is this refugee crisis mainly a policy issue in your mind? A security issue? Do you think of these refugees as individuals created in the image of God? Do you feel compassion for them? Do you pray for them? Are you seeking ways to contribute financially to them? Where is the gospel in your thinking on all this? Does the gospel have anything at all to do with this refugee crisis? I’m asking myself these questions, and they’re leading me to repentance.

So, watch this video, and think of little Jesus, your Lord, a refugee in the land of Egypt.

And here’s a shorter version: