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Daily reading: 3 January

'Where is the child who has been born?'

Something to read

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking: ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

- Matthew 2:1-4.

Something to think about

The wise men may not have had to book tickets and cancel the milk, but a journey through harsh desert lands for educated men of status probably would look quite different to Christmas card silhouettes of three men on camels. 

Water, provisions, tents, servants, astronomical charts, gifts and goodness only knows what else must have made a pretty impressive entourage – at least Herod seemed impressed enough to take their words seriously. 

These were men of substance; they were on their way to worship the new-born King of the Jews.  Herod was a man of substance; he was troubled by the new-born King of the Jews.

What about us? We, too, worship Jesus in Bethlehem. We worship the new-born King of the Jews and the troubling God-with-us; a king with no status who turns upside-down our expectations of who is first and last under God’s reign.

Something to do

Our travel plans were much disrupted in 2020, what have we learnt about or come to appreciate about where we dwell by not travelling far?

Something to pray

God of Justice, 
give me eyes to look at the world differently
and see who comes first in your kingdom.

Today's contributor is Melanie Smith, a minister of the United Reformed Church.

Published on 03 January 2021

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Themes – Areas of work
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Bible reference
Matthew 2:1-4