Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Baby Changes Everything

I've always wondered about some things when it comes to the visit of the Magi from the east (Matthew 2:1-12). Jesus was prophesied as the Messiah for the people of Israel. They were God's people and the one holding our hope for a Messiah.

Yet, the Magi from the east had studied the prophecy themselves and were waiting for it to be fulfilled. And they knew it was important enough for them to make the journey to see Jesus after His birth.

To me, this seems almost to be a glimpse into Jesus' mission to welcome everyone as God's people - the requirement being the heart, not being born to the right parents.

From His birth, Jesus was removing old lines that divided people. Among the first to worship Him were shepherds, outcasts within the Jewish people, and Magi from the east, those outside the Jewish people completely.

Jesus came for each and every one of us. He welcomes everyone. A little baby that changed the whole world. Like the Christmas song says, "A baby changes everything."

Jesus was the baby that changed everything.

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