Scripture: Jeremiah 31:15-17 (NIV)

This is what the LORD says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” This is what the LORD says: “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD. “They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the LORD. “Your children will return to their own land.”

Evil will go to great extremes to try to contain and eliminate good. We saw this so dramatically in A New Hope, when the Empire used the Death Star to destroy Alderaan, trying to get information from Princess Leia about the rebel base. It did not matter that most of those on that planet were not involved in this conflict. It did not matter that it was not a “military target”. It was a method of making sure the evil in command wasn’t ever overthrown.

Jeremiah saw a great evil coming as well. Like Obi-Wan, who felt a great disturbance in The Force after the destruction of Alderaan, he felt the pain of what would happen when an evil ruler tried to make sure he kept his power. He knew there would come a day where there would be innocents slaughtered in a horrible attempt to make sure a new king would not come to power.

The fulfillment of that prophecy, of course, came after the birth of Jesus. We see in Matthew where Herod, realizing that the magi weren’t actually going to return and tell him where the baby was, decided to just kill every child that fit the potential profile. There had to have been terrible grief and anguish as parents lost their son just because he was a certain age. If Obi-Wan had been around then, he would have again been unsettled by what The Force was telling him.

Evil can do a lot of things on this world. It can cause destruction and death. It can cause grief and misery. The one thing it can’t do, though, is to win the final day. We know how the story ends. We know that because of that child Herod was so fearful of we can live eternally with our Heavenly Father. It may not seem like it, but this time of year especially is a reminder that good will win!

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