The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

“Die Bibel in Bildern [Picture Bible] von Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld.” Leipzig: Georg Wigands, 1860.

Now when they had departed, behold, 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, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

“A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

~Matthew 2:13-18

The death of the children in Bethlehem bears witness to a cruel world filled entirely with enemies of God, who hate Christ even unto death. And to death He would go, to sanctify undeserving sinners, blotting out every sin and wiping away every tear. He has redeemed us, a lost and condemned people, by His own precious blood.