What distinguished the wise men from their contemporaries was their ability to recognize the signs of the times and respond appropriately.
Do you see the Jesus pictured on Christmas cards, in great works of art, TV shows and movies? Or are you looking at the awesome One prophesied in the Bible?
Focused on the manger, we often overlook the truth that the Babe lying there was none other than Israel’s promised Messiah and the Redeemer of mankind who will ultimately rule the world in righteousness and peace.
The tower of the flock that Mary and Joseph passed entering Bethlehem may have been their only hope for shelter and seclusion.
While the angel spoke to the shepherds as representative of the Jewish people, the implications went beyond the scope of national Israel.