From The Rectory
Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ Matthew 2 v1b-2
On the 2nd of May 2015 a princess was born! Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. I am sure after her birth, many world leaders and dignitaries paid their respects. It’s natural to celebrate the birth of a child, and when that child is born with status, great expectations are often placed upon them. What impact she will have on the world, only time can reveal!
When the Magi embarked on their journey, 2000 years ago, to honour the new king that had been born, they expected to find a very special child. For this child’s birth had quite literally been written in the skies.
But what they found, and the life that followed, did not seem to follow suit of such grandeur, as Andy Banister so eloquently describes in his book ‘The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist’
‘He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenters shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book, never held an office, never went to college, never visited a big city. He never travelled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born.
He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend…
All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned put together, haver not affected life of mankind on earth, as powerfully as that one solitary life!’ (2015:229)
Throughout December St Margaret’s will be hosting their usual spread of Christmas services, there is quite literally something for everyone. So may I encourage you, to follow in the footsteps of the Magi this Christmas and to seek out the child that from humble beginnings went on to change the face of the world.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2016.
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