It appears we’ve reached a sort of “reset” on our nativity scene. The shepherd and sheep are having a conference with the angel and behind them and further away from the manger scene are the wise men. It appears they are lined up for order of entry into the scene once again.
Of course, we all know that in the past two weeks or so, the shepherd, sheep, and wise men have already been to the manger scene so this does create an awkward moment of sorts. Are they trying to get back to the manger scene after having their turn already? Is the angel discussing the rules of arrival with the shepherd and sheep? Is the angel actually blocking their re-entrance? Did they lose their ticket stubs? Why are the wise men huddled up like this? Perhaps they are scheming a different way to get to the manger scene. I thought they were supposed to find a different way home?
One thing is for sure…getting to the manger apparently was by invitation only. King Herod was denied entry…not even told where to find the manger. The wise men had a supernatural star-only invitation. The shepherd(s) received angelic invitation. I suppose birthday parties can be rather exclusive like that.
Despite the invitation-only birthday party, everyone is invited to come to the cross and the death of Christ. That might not sound as much fun as a birthday party, but I hear the Host is giving out an eternal gift for those who come. Praise God the crucifixion and resurrection affair is open to all and the public invitation still stands for all to read and accept. Hope you’ve joined us in coming! If not, right now is always the best time to come.
1 John 4:9 (NLT) “God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”