Wise Men and Shepherds // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

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Some people come to Jesus like the Shepherds.

Out in the fields, minding their own business –and KABLAMMO! Something Big Happens!

Angels show up! A huge angel choir! Glory to God in the Highest!

Life changes in a moment. The shepherds drop everything and run to Bethlehem, where they find the Christ-child lying in a manger.

They rejoice, celebrate and end up broadcasting the good news everywhere they go! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Others come to Jesus like the Wise Men.

They see a distant star in the East — and are puzzled by the appearing. They ponder, “What does this mean?” After studious reflection, they begin a long, long journey of faith.

It takes them quite a while to figure things out, with some detours along the way — but eventually, they, too, end up at Bethlehem. Departing, they didn’t cause a big scene like the shepherds– but had experienced inner transformation as well (though of the “still waters” variety.)

I like the manger scenes where the wise men and shepherds are all together at the manger. I know most Bible scholars say otherwise, but, as a romantic, I choose to picture them all kneeling before Jesus side by side — rich and poor; wise men and shepherds; local and out-of-towner — all worshipping Jesus together! It would be just like God’s timing to do it that way!

The important lesson here? It doesn’t matter whether you are a shepherd or a wise man. Shepherds aren’t better because they dashed to Jesus. Wise men aren’t better because they took the longer, more thoughtful route.

The only thing that really matters is that they both end up worshipping Jesus in Bethlehem

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