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Christmas across divides

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
- Matthew 2:1-2

Christmas is for people of every nation, tribe, and language.

Today’s passage tells us the story of the Magi coming from the east to find Jesus in response to Jesus. The story of the Magi presents a beautiful glimpse of Jesus’ purpose to draw a diverse community of people to himself.

The arrival of Jesus in Bethlehem wasn’t just for the Jews. He was their Messiah, that’s true. But he was also the Savior of the world. He came to call all people to himself. He makes redemption possible for all people. He gives all people access to our heavenly father. This is good news.

When these wise men from the east show up in Jerusalem we get a taste of what is to come in Jesus’ life. These Magi would have worshipped other gods, would have practiced astrology, and would have been considered ceremonially unclean by the Jewish religious establishment. They wouldn’t have been allowed into the temple to worship God.

And yet, here they are. Their astrology tips them to the arrival of Jesus. They enter the house where God lives, meeting the child Jesus. They worship.

Christmas is for everyone. Christmas pulls everyone together. When the King of all Creation steps onto the scene, he draws all of us together. Our differences don’t go away; they just cease to keep us apart.

Take some time today to reflect on how Jesus has connected you with people who are different from you. Celebrate his good work. Ask him to open doors for these connections for you in the next year.

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