Three Reactions to The Birth of Jesus
By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president
How would you have reacted to the news of Jesus’ birth? The night Jesus was born, there were three different reactions that happened. Some honestly could’ve cared less, some were jealous, and some rejoiced and spread the good news!
First there were those that, if they had noticed, didn’t care. They were worried about paying taxes, where they were going to sleep or where they were getting their next meal and a myriad of other things. So, they didn’t really care that another baby was born to a poor family in a dirty stable area.
Second there were those who when they found out were instantly jealous or skeptical. King Herod had instantly become jealous and sought to kill the child when he heard of Jesus’ birth. He was jealous and zealous to protect his kingdom. Many others may have been skeptical when they heard that Jesus was lying in a manger. The wise men first came to Jerusalem following the star and, for them and maybe many others, the capital city seemed like a logical place to look. I’ve wondered sometimes if they were somewhat skeptical when the star led them to Bethlehem.
Thirdly there were those who, when seeing Baby Jesus for the first time, went out and told everyone they saw what they had seen. Luke 2:17 tells us that after the shepherds had seen the angels and Baby Jesus that “they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.” They were impacted in a positive way when Jesus came. When the wise men finally arrived from the east some time later, Matthew 2 tells us that they bowed and worshiped him and presented him with gifts.
Continue reading to discover why each of these reactions is an important lesson to learn from.