Matthew Chapter two tells about the Magi who came to visit the baby Jesus. We call them wise men. A popular song calls them kings and says there were three of them. I don’t know if they were wise men or kings. I don’t know how many there were. I do know they were rich. They brought expensive gifts. I imagine they came with an entourage. They probably made quite a splash in Jerusalem.
I wonder why the wise men/kings came. They read the prophecies. They studied the stars. But did they think that this was The King? Or did they think he was to be just a king? Maybe they came to bow and worship, to give expensive gifts just in case. Maybe they were just hedging their bets.
You wonder who knew. Who understood just what this child would mean? Elizabeth and Zechariah certainly had some idea. Joseph had an inkling. Mary most of all understood that this child was very special. But who knew? Who really knew that this child would be the One who would divide history? Who knew that through this child, by this child everything would change?
That’s what happens when Jesus comes on the scene. Everything changes. We get confused about that. We think it’s about the color of coffee cups, about saying Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays, about laws and politicians. When Jesus comes on the scene everything changes. When Jesus comes on the scene I am changed.
And that is the task before us. It’s not about who’s running the government (or who thinks they are running the government). It is about Jesus and that by Him, through Him everything has changed.