Another important revelation to us about the nativity of Jesus is that it blends the majesty and the lowliness of the birth of a child. The Magi (sometimes called kings or wise men) were distinguished foreigners from the east. Because of their status and the kinds of gifts they brought to Jesus, they were surely wealthy. But as soon as they saw Jesus, they bowed down before him.
Shepherds also made a pilgrimage to see the Christ child. Their work was hard. Their status hardly placed them in a world of affluence. There’s no record of their bringing fine gifts to Jesus, but they are the ones the chorus of angels surrounded, singing “Glory to God in the highest heaven…”
There is a certain majesty surrounding the birth of every child regardless of the station of the child’s family. In a sense, it is a great equalizer. Birth is miraculous. The child is a gift from God to all people, regardless of rank.
Expecting parents, like Mary and Joseph, are on the verge of the most remarkable thing that will ever happen. While the birth of a child isn’t easy, Jesus’s birth teaches that with trust in God and each other, mothers and fathers will struggle to the other side and see the miracle God has given them. In that moment, parents are blessed with a kind of spiritual majesty that the birth of a child creates.
Will angels surround every birth as they did with Jesus’s birth? I wouldn’t be surprised. In any event, when a child is born, there is a glorious celebration in heaven and on earth. And in one way or another, all will say and sing, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy…Glory to God in the highest heaven.” (Luke 2:10,14)
Taken from A TIME TO BE BORN: Meditations on the Birth of a Child