Summary: The Magi - gentile are invited to be a part of the family of God.
Well, like Christmas, this “perspective series” is coming to an end. I hope that won’t mean that you feel like you can put what you have heard away in a box, like decorations, until next Christmas.
The Christian point of view is just not that way. Christians see Christmas as the beginning of something that has not yet reached a conclusion.
The birth of Jesus the Christ is not a party that expires like eggnog or something that we get tired of like the neighbor that leaves up their decorations all year around. Christmas is something that we should live year around. It is not an event, it is a way of life, a life that lives knowing that God is with us.
Right now much of our culture has hit the bottom of the Christmas excitement. They feel a combination of relief and perhaps a little disappointment. Maybe we feel some of that too.
Our Christmas celebration should be a time of renewal of our faith. It is an event that holds a fond place in our lives. Every year we get a reminder that God demonstrated his love for creation in coming into our world.
As we celebrate Christmas we are reminded of Christ presence and he can be born and reborn in our hearts as we relive the story each Christmas season. This revival of sorts can change everything for us. It can change our perspective to understand how much God loves us.
When I think of perspective I am reminded of a conversation between a father and his young son. The boy was about 5-6 years old. One spring the boy had asked for a spot in the family garden to call his own. He turned the soil, broke the clumps, and planted his favorite vegetable—corn.
Toward the middle of July, The boy was concerned that his corn was not growing fast enough. The father tried to reassure him that the corn was doing just fine by quoting him a benchmark used by farmers, “knee high by the fourth of July.”
The boy thought for a moment and then ask: “My knees or yours?”
Perspectives are often variable and can be connected to something physical, emotional and spiritual.
Let’s read our scriptures this morning:
Matthew 2:1-12 (NIV)
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: "’But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’"
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."