TEXT: Matthew 2:1-2:
We often note the quiet manner in which Jesus came into the world. He flew under the radar as He breached the bounds of Heaven to touch the hearts of men. His arrival was not attended by any of the fanfare that is thrust upon society every year at Christmastime. But if we look closely at the accounts of the advent, we will find that the excitement and fanfare did occur, just not in the places that most people would think to look. It did not happen in any of the big population centers of the day. It did not happen in the palaces of the Roman or Roman-backed governmental authorities. It did not happen under the watchful eye of the Jewish religious leaders. Instead, the thrilling announcement of Jesus' birth was delivered to humble shepherds in the countryside near the little town of Bethlehem. The sign and the wonder of Christ's birth came not to Jewish scholars, but to Gentile "wise men" from the east.