Don’t miss it!
January 6, 2014 | By Colin |
Today is the 6th January, the date on our calendars that marks Epiphany … the day when some church traditions celebrate the visit of the Magi to Jesus.
The story itself is found in Matthew 2, a chapter in the Bible where Matthew, its author, tells us how different people respond to the news about the arrival of this newborn King. In fact, Matthew uses this story to highlight 3 different responses to the birth of Jesus. Two of these responses are understandable, given everything else we know about the people concerned. The other one, however, beggars belief.
Who’s response do you think beggars belief?
Perhaps you think it’s the Magi. After all, they travelled all the way from the east, a journey of some 2000 miles, to worship at the feet of King Jesus. Or maybe you think it was Herod, because of his ruthless decision to massacre innocent babies in Bethlehem and the surrounding area.
The truth is, given what we know about the events taking place and the people concerned both of these responses are perfectly understandable. The response which actually beggars belief is the response of the chief priests and teachers of the law … the recognised religious leaders of the day. They were waiting for the Messiah, a Saviour sent by God to rescue His people, yet at no point did they make any effort to join the Magi on the final 6 mile leg of their marathon journey from the east to worship at the feet of the Saviour Jesus.
You may be wondering what any of this has got to do with the video at the beginning of this post.
(The video, by the way, is a clip of Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell playing at a Washington DC metro subway station in January 2007. If you’ve never heard of Joshua Bell, he is an internationally renowned musician who dons a baseball cap and, as part of an experiment conducted by the Washington Post, busks for 45mins on his 4 million dollar Stradivarius. During his 45min performance 1097 people passed by, of which only 7 stopped to listen and pay attention, and of those 7, only 1 recognised him. Bell collected $32.17 for his performance from 27 passersby, which included $20 from the one person who recognised him.)
Simply this … you can be living in an extraordinary moment and miss it.
The chief priests and teachers of the law were living in an extraordinary moment and they missed it. At the start of 2014, as a church plant, we too believe we are living in a extraordinary moment here in Slough. God is with us. And so, as this New Year begins, we just want to say, “Don’t miss it!”