[stextbox id=”info”]To celebrate Christmas, I am sharing a very special three-part blog series with you this week entitled, “The Unlikely Christmas Story”. In case you missed them, here are part one and part two.[/stextbox]
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11
Baby Jesus is not a baby anymore. He’s now a cute little curly-headed toddler.
The feet that will one day walk on water take their first steps as the little guy wobbles around the house.
The infinite who became an infant is now a deity wearing diapers. The voice that spoke the world into existence is now learning to say, “Mommy.”
There’s a knock on the door. It’s not UPS or FedEx. It’s a caravan of over three hundred people. A group of prestigious philosophers and their entourage of slaves, camels, and pack mules line the street. They have been traveling for over two months, and have covered almost one thousand miles. All to see this little boy.
They surround him, fall down, and worship Him.
Now let’s hit the pause button for a second here. We can learn two important truths from the wise men’s worship:
1. You can be very close to Jesus, yet miss Him.
If anyone should have been worshiping at the feet of the little Messiah, it should have been the priests and scribes five miles away in Jerusalem. They had spent their entire lives studying the prophesies foretelling of a baby being born in Bethlehem. The were the leaders of worship. They were the religious authorities. They should have known. They should have been there.
But they weren’t.
Like the rest of the world, they were so close to their Savior…yet so far.
You and I are dangerously capable of making the same mistake. Just because you’re in the vicinity of Jesus doesn’t mean you have a relationship with Him. You can go to church, hang out with Christians, have a good family and still miss Jesus.
Americans can live in a country founded on Biblical principles, have a church on every corner, hear God talked about all the time, yet still not know Jesus.
The religious leaders went to church. They had the Bible memorized. They knew all about God. Yet they failed to encounter Him.
You may have a Bible in your bedroom. You may have verses memorized. You may go to church. You may believe in God.
But how long has it been since you encountered Him?
2. You can be very far from Jesus, yet find Him.
Instead of the scribes and priests, it was a group of stargazers from the other side of the world that are worshiping Him. They’re from a different culture and religion. Of all the people on the globe, they are the most unlikely to ever end up in this house, worshiping this kid. Yet here they are – hearts open, knees bent, hands raised.
Their story is a beautiful reminder that no matter how far away you are from Jesus, He can guide you into His presence.
No one is beyond hope. No one is too far away. God can break down every barrier between Himself and the children He loves.
So don’t give up on your lost loved ones. Don’t give up on your unsaved spouse or friend. Don’t give up on the brother or sister who is far from God. It may not seem likely that they’ll find Him. But nothing about the Christmas story (and the Gospel message) is likely. It didn’t seem likely that a wild gang leader in Guatemala would find Him either. Nor did it seem likely that a group of philosophers a thousand miles away could find their way to Jesus. But they did.
God can change any heart. God can save any soul. God can do the impossible.
- Mary, Joseph, and Bethlehem were unlikely circumstances.
- The shepherds were unlikely preachers.
- And the wise men were unlikely worshipers.
But the combination of those events is what we call the Christmas story. And a reminder that with God, unlikely things happen, and nothing is impossible.
Question: What is your favorite part of the Christmas story? You can leave a comment by clicking here.