Advent scene is set through the bible
WITH Christ in the heart, pen in hand, and goodwill of the editor, I offer these Christmas thoughts with best wishes to a thoughtful readership.
The Advent scene is set, the players suitably dressed, assembled in the wings, some cognisant of their roles, others the unwitting participants in a divine master plan; as another has said: "God moves behind the scenes, and moves the scenes which He is behind". The poll tax census, ordered by imperial Rome, placed Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem with timely precision in fulfilment of God's promise of a Saviour, born of a woman, born of God: not a man made God, but God made man, unique in His person and purpose.
It is night. The watchful shepherds out in the fields get the news, and not a "twitter" in sight! Suddenly darkness becomes light and a voice speaks; a new age of communication from heaven to earth has begun, as "God, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son" (Hebrews 1.2.)
Enter stage right "wise men" from the East. Who are they? Where precisely do they come from? How many? They come out of obscurity only to return there, having fulfilled their supporting role of drawing attention to the central person in the story, namely, Messiah, the newborn king. Countless believers have followed in their steps: 'Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart'
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Mary the mother has a key role but a subservient one. Although 'highly favoured' it is not her exalted position that gains heaven, but her humble confession of 'God my Saviour' (Luke 1.47). Centre stage the King himself. Born a king, lived a servant, died a Saviour, risen as Lord! Ought we not to come and worship?