Mary and Joseph were planning a wedding.
The shepherds were tending their sheep.
Herod was plotting his intrigues.
The Magi were seeking knowledge.
Augustus was assessing his empire.
Zechariah and Elizabeth were raising their son.
Everyday life was happening when the Divine intersected humanity. Aside from the announcement to the shepherds on a lonely hill, Jesus made a quiet entry into the world. For most, life continued as normal; for a few, life was never the same again.
Those few positioned themselves to participate in heaven’s plan of salvation for all mankind. Mary and Joseph became the Savior’s earthly parents. Why were they chosen? Only God can say. But consider how YOU would have reacted in either one of their shoes.
The wise men followed the Star and God’s instructions to come face to face with the Son of Man. How did they know that the Star was anything special? How did they manage to hear God speak? We don’t know. But Jeremiah 29:12-13 says “Then you will call upon Me and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Zechariah and Elizabeth conceived a child destined to issue the clarion call for Jesus. Considering Zechariah’s initial doubts, what made this family the right choice to herald the coming of the King? Even they didn’t understand. But despite the stigma of barrenness that they had to bear, Luke 1:6 says “Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations.”
If Jesus were to come today, would you play a part in His Master plan? God knows all things. But how would you answer the following?
- Where do you stand in the grand scheme of life today?
- How do you respond to God in your circumstances?
- What does your heart seek?