Merry Christmas! I was thinking about how the two groups of outsiders in most nativities (and indeed in the Gospels) actually represent us. The Shepherds and the Wise Men (or Magi) give us two things to think on this Christmas.
First, we learn about the Wise Men who said, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). Granted, the Wise Men didn’t visit Jesus when He was a baby (probably two years old) but they were outsiders given the sign of the star and went out of their way to follow what God had led them to do. What had God purposed in their hearts? That they “worship Him”!
Next we read in Luke 2:16-17 that the Shepherds “came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.” The Shepherds are the first outsiders on the scene and after they see baby Jesus what do they do? What had God purposed in their hearts? That they “make widely known” about Jesus!
We are outsiders, we have been separated from God by the bad stuff we have done. But we find that God wants us to be “insiders”, He wants us to be part of His family and that started with the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago. If you’re looking for the meaning of life and purpose in your life I can tell you without hesitation that you were created to “worship” Jesus and tell others about Him. So what has God purposed in your heart? How is God leading you to worship Him and tell others this Christmas Day?
Have a Merry Christmas worshiping Him and telling others!