January 9, 2010


Matthew 2:1-12

In Bethlehem, not Jerusalem

The Magi come looking for "the newborn King of the Jews" in Jerusalem. That's understandable, since Jerusalem is the capital city and center of Judaism.

Bethlehem, on the other hand, is "least among the rulers of Judah" on any human standard. It only becomes significant because God has intended for the ruler and shepherd of Israel to be born there.

How often do we overlook the simple and ordinary events and people in our lives? Do we consider as prerequisites certain grandiocity by human standards in terms of background, connections, education, social status before we can do good?

Jesus, after all, is born in Bethlehem, not Jerusalem.

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