The angel brought different news to Joseph: he must take his family and flee. Herod, threatened and angered by the Child King, would stop at nothing. His attempt to exploit the Magi had failed and his reaction was deadly. Throughout history, believers have died for their faith because of the ignorance and fear of others. Pray for Christians around the world who face death for their faith.

This post is part of a series of reflections that take us through the Advent season. They are intended to help us set our minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Manning Brown, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, compiled these reflections for his church while he was stationed in Germany.