My wife and I had occasion to be driving down Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood a few nights ago, on the way to a Christmas-time event. I happened to notice the theater where, many years ago, I saw the original release of the Biblical epic, The Greatest Story Ever Told. I remembered the dramatic way the film began, depicting soldiers of King Herod, harshly searching for and killing baby boys in Judea, trying to eliminate the child-king, about whom the three dignitaries from the East had told him.
As I rehearsed how the film showed the Holy Family fleeing as refugees to Egypt, to escape this evil slaughter, I was reminded how Israel and Egypt are still prominent in our world now, as we again celebrate the Advent of that Baby, who was born in a manger in Bethlehem of Judea, so many years ago. Coward-like killings and constant mayhem continue to plague the little towns and crowded inns of Israel today!
The Christ-child grew up in a typical Jewish family, in the Jewish town of Nazareth, near the Sea of Galilee. Many Jews came to recognize Him as their long awaited Messiah. And today, we Gentiles can celebrate Him as the Savior of the world! It truly is the “greatest story every told.”