The Mary's decided to stare death in the face instead of running from it. They did what 11 other men hadn't already (one man short of 12, a painful reminder of what had happened).
Jesus really had chosen to get way but the crowds had followed him and now it was beginning to get late. The disciples knew there wouldn’t be any food to take care of the people.
The Kingdom Jesus teaches here isn’t like other Kingdoms that the people know. It’s familiar but at the same time it’s not. Values that bring blessedness aren’t necessarily the same as values that bring happiness and Jesus is about to unwrap this distinction for the people.
And for Jesus, even though he has power to turn stones into bread, and even though the angels could save him from death, he knows that who he really is, his real power, his identity, it comes from the Father above.
In a prophetic moment, Jesus instead chooses to be with the common people, taking on their sin, plunging it into this watery grave only to rise up again into the fullness of God where God says, I'm pleased. The Jesus who loves us is the one who wades into the waters with us.
Joseph takes Mary and Jesus and flees towards Egypt after King Herod tries to trick the Magi into giving away their location. King Herod was so power hungry that he even wanted a 2 year old dead who he though might rise up and take his throne.
What story does the Genealogy of Jesus tell us about who God is? That God works to bless the world even beyond dark histories we can find in Jesus' family tree.
Immanuel, God with us, was finally here, and the Kingdom of God was about to begin taking shape upon the earth, a kingdom as simple and just as powerful as two teenager’s love for one another.