Strangers came to welcome and worship God in the flesh. They brought their gifts. They saw the signs. They were excited. The people and the leaders had not noticed the star. They were not excited but disturbed. They did not go visit the child or bring him gifts. Why? Why were strangers, outsiders more aware and willing to welcome God and God's kingdom, while leaders and insiders were less aware or willing to go to Him and bring Him gifts? Who are we today, insiders unaware and unwilling and disturbed by God's arrival in our world, or strangers and outsiders who are excited to welcome God and God's kingdom into our world?
Rev. Joel L. Tolbert preaching Matthew 2