The 12th day of Christmas, January 6th, will be Epiphany, celebrated in the Western Church for the time when the Magi came and worshipped Jesus. Magi who were anything but Jews and who signified that Jesus has come not just for the Chosen people but for the whole world.
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magifrom the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2 v 1-2)
Of all the times to come into His world, God chooses the worst time of all.
Born during the time of a King of the Jews who was not a Jew. He was from a mixed marriage, his mother was an Arab and the Jews welcomed his initial building projects but despised him as he continued to rule them.
Born during the time of a murderer of 2 of his sons, nearly all his wives and his father in law which led Caesar to say it was safer to be Herod’s pig (hus in Greek) than his son (huios).
Born during the time of one of the most wicked, self-absorbed, ambitious, and jealous rulers (even to the point of deciding to massacre innocent children).
This was not bad timing. This was not a terrible coincidence. God chose to come during this time.
It matters not how dark the world can get nor who controls our lives, whether you feel oppressed, pushed back, anxious for your future, God has come.
In the midst of fear from the threats of man and the lies and manipulation of selfish people, God has come.
Born. A new beginning. Hope rising. Light dawning. An opportunity is here.
This year has been tough for you. You must welcome the Christ-child. He is here.