[Papercut Press Publishing]1997-11-10 - Bustle and Excitement

The Glaring, Encouraging Star and some Wise Guys Series, Part 1

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him...Matthew 2: 1,2

Lowly parents, swaddling clothes, tell me something new, the story can get old. However the principalities and heavenly tenants are in commotion. An Angel comes down to proclaim the new-born King, and suddenly: a host, singing glory to God. Commotion in heaven? Think about the heart beats of those poor, frightened shepherds, the earth was a stirring as well. A star, as if an ambassador of heaven, comes to earth as a representative. This star becomes a beacon to some wise guys far away to usher them into history. Here we have them, a few wise guys, apparently some of the most studious dudes of their day, and yet they travel long and treacherous miles to bow before a young child and offer gifts. They knew that this child was the rose of all generations, but they were quite the exception. In addition let it be noted that these men were the representatives of the Gentiles, to whom the Gospel would soon be extended.

Today is the day of smallest things. This is the day when CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC can make much of nothing. This is the day when small time events become world issues. Imagine the commotion when the Son of God was born; lackluster at best, and yet the Angels sang, and the wise men came to pay respect from a-far. Were the media there, what coverage would such events have mandated? Let us guess …

  1. In three years, on public television, there would be a prime time special about some UFO sightings.
  2. 60 Minutes would do a special about some smart guys who were traveling around the world looking for a baby.

We must say, “Wherever Christ is, He is honorable”! The Bible tells of great commotion and excitement in heaven and on earth at His birth. Shall we who have been the beneficiaries of His grace be any less excited today?

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” Feiedrich Engles, (a bad guy)

“Filling the world he lies in a manger!” Augustine

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim