READ : Luke 2:8-20
After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? When we were in the east, we saw his star. Now we have come to worship him.” (Matt. 2:1b-2 nirv)
Many curious well-wishers may have dropped by to meet the most famous baby in Bethlehem. Out of all the visitors, the Bible only records the shepherds, and later the Magi (traditionally Wise Men). Could it be that these two groups had the most in common with our Lord?
Jesus demonstrates shepherd qualities like the men who knelt by the baby’s manger. He cares for us, his sheep, and ensures that our every real need is met. But, he goes far above the care of any earthly shepherd. He died for us so we can follow him into eternity.
The Wise Men came from a great distance bringing valuable gifts. But Jesus has them beat. He came from an even greater distance, all the way from heaven to earth. The Savior brought more costly gifts-love, forgiveness, and salvation. As we contemplate the people who came that first Christmas, let’s not forget the most important visitor of all-Jesus Christ. He is the best Shepherd and the greatest Wise Man ever.
Jesus, thank you for your humble birth and for your incredible gifts.