The joy of Christmas cannot be expressed, and the blessings of Christmas cannot be counted. Let’s go through another story from the Gospel of Matthew:
“And when they (the wise men, also called the Magi) had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
I am trying to imagine the wise men during their long trip from the East to Jerusalem (some people say it took about 2 years), and at each stop they would rest their bodies, but their minds would not rest from thinking and imaging the glory of the baby king they were about to meet. All of a sudden they found the star stopping above a humble house.
Can you imagine the shock on their faces?
They walked for so long to give their gifts to the baby king, then they find that this king is staying in a very humble house, and His parents are regular people, wearing regular clothes, may be even less than regular.
This didn’t stop them!
The Bible says, they “fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him” (Matthew 2:11). Their eyes were opened to the reality of this baby in front of them; he’s not a mere baby born from a poor family, but the Father of all humankind.
This somehow relates to the post I wrote a couple of days ago; the chief priests and the scribes (who were of God’s chosen people) knew the prophecies, but did not believe that this baby is the fulfillment of the prophecies, while the wise men (who were gentiles) did. This is an implicit depiction of the New Testament!