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It was so strange, having the magi in our home.  I had grown used to strange things, or at least as much as I could have.  The same strange thing rarely happens twice, so it's rather hard to grow accustomed to.

But here they were, bowing before my little son, and presenting him with gifts meant for a king.  

Jesus was just beginning to walk, and he did it with a confidence far beyond his skill.  So, when he stood up to go investigate these curious men, he promptly overbalanced and fell to his bottom.  Undeterred, he pushed himself up and tried again.  When he got close enough, he sat down right next to the gold box and began inspecting it, entranced.  The magi chuckled, and we all watched, amused, as he played with the shiny box.

I knew that my son was the Messiah, his coming foretold for thousands of years, and that he was going to redeem the world.  I knew that through him, incredible things would happen.  And I knew that he would have to endure terrible suffering.  

Someday, he would lead people to salvation, and they will love and adore him.  They will call him Lord and Emmanuel, and sing his name in praises.  They will worship him for thousands of years to come.

But right now, for these few short years, he is my precious, unbalanced little boy, fascinated with a shiny golden box.
I know I'm a bit late, but I wanted to share this anyway.

A church near my hometown always puts on a massive Christmas stage production. My parents and I go every year, and on we did on Sunday before Chrismas. So during the manger scene, the baby playing Jesus was getting a little fussy, and Mary picked up the gold box from the magi to distract him. It totally worked, he was completely fascinated by it and was distracted long enough for the song to finish. And I got to thinking about what it might have looked like, the day the magi presented a toddler with shiny gifts. Because every toddler thinks shiny things are fun.

And I'm sure most of you know this, but Jesus wasn't a newborn when the magi came. He was, at the youngest, a month, but probably closer to a year old. The magi's visit is recounted in Matthew, where it mentions "the child and his mother," and it refers to visiting the family in a "house."

Some time after their visit, God told Joseph in a dream to take the child and his mother to Egypt, because Herod had ordered the death of all boys under age two.

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MagicoffMusic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh, really beautiful.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
thanks. we always seem to forget that jesus was still a human, dont we? he was a baby, and he had to learn to walk too.
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MagicoffMusic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
True lots of people seem to forget that.
That's true everyone needs to learn how to walk.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
yup :)
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MagicoffMusic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:).
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pofinluvr14 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, I'm so pleasantly surprised to know that you too know that the magi didn't come at the manger, they came later. =D There's so few people who are actually aware of what point in Jesus' life the wise men came! This is really beautiful.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I'm glad you like it!! You're right, very few people know. And i lovelovelove Mary.
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pofinluvr14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, she's wonderful to read about. ^^
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Jax-Vahr Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. This is a really great concept, I really love the perspective, amazing job!
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
thanks!!!
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Jax-Vahr Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D
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Fifekun Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS IS AMAZING!!!
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
thanks :)
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is so sweet. :aww: It's so sweet it actually made my eyes water. I really like the perspective you wrote this from.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
thanks!! i really, really like Mary. she drew a tough hand in life.
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, seriously! Who would want the responsibility of raising God's son? Talk about pressure! And never knowing what to expect. She must have had a lot of faith and trust.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
well on top of that she was at the OLDEST 14. could have easily been 12 or 13. i can't even fathom having a kid NOW, and im 20!!! let alone the son of God!
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know exactly what you mean! And this continued through her whole life. She even had to see Him crucified.
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
insane, isn't it?
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NaomiARey Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Writer
That is awesome :) Great perspective and writing. Even better: great truth! Amen!
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yellow-tulips Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
thanks!!
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