Christ's birth was one of miracles, signs, and wonders. One of the more unusual episodes in the first coming of Christ is the holy family's flight to Egypt, when Joseph took Jesus and Mary south to escape the wrath of Herod. What is the importance of that sojourn? And why do Egyptian Christians continue to celebrate it with pilgrimage festivals? In this study, we'll look at Jesus's journey to Egypt from a biblical perspective and explore the present day traditions and customs of Egyptian Christians.
Table of Contents
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: The flight was God-inspired as well as man-inspired.
—Teaching point two: The flight has historical precedence and theological significance.
—Teaching point three: The flight to Egypt affirms the one seemingly least needed in the holy family.
• Apply Your Findings
HANDOUT FOR FURTHER STUDY
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Welcoming the Uninvited Savior, by Cornelis Hulsman (December 3, 2001)
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