The Magi could have possibly related to Mary and Joseph in that they took a long journey. They saw star, and they understood the prophecies of the Old Testament that indicated that the Savior was born to the world. They came to Bethlehem and brought excellent gifts that were fit for a king. Clearly, this journey took a lot of time and was very expensive. It was not the comfortable life that they were probably used to living at home. I’m sure it was not as uncomfortable as Mary and Joseph’s journey given that they probably had much more comfortable accommodations along the way and were not near the end of the pregnancy, but there are some similarities here.
When they found the baby, Matthew 2:10 says that they were “overjoyed.” I know that when I am traveling, there is always a sense of relief when you reach your final destination. I can only imagine it was even more dramatic for them. Their journey was a little bit more difficult than most of the journeys I take in my van.
This seems to be a little bit more dramatic than your average relief. They were overjoyed, and they were specifically overjoyed because they had encountered Jesus Christ. The journey, which was surely uncomfortable and exhausting, brought them their ultimate joy because they had encountered the person of Jesus Christ.
We really see that throughout this entire story. Coming to Jesus Christ may cause some discomfort. The entire scenario was uncomfortable for Mary and Joseph, the shepherds were terrified when they were told about Jesus Christ and the Magi traveled from far away to meet the baby in the manger. However, they all came away with joy as a result of this encounter.
It is really no different for us today. Following Jesus Christ might not always be the popular thing to do. In certain parts of the world, it might not even be legal and can lead to even death.
Let’s try to get a more comprehensive picture of the Christmas story this year. It isn’t just about everything that we associate with 21st-century America. As much as we enjoy it, and I really do enjoy it, it is important to remember that the original Christmas was not quite like we picture it today. It wasn’t the neat and tidy Nativity that sits on the mantle. It was not an easy time.
However, despite that fact, it still should stimulate the same joy in all of us that it did in Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi. Regardless of the various hardships that they endured, they still came to the same end result of joy.
Since I don’t publish anything over the weekend, have a very Merry Christmas!