At what age do we want Jesus to be? A baby in Bethlehem? Someone over whom we can hover; murmuring soft love words; cooing our concern; admiring his little fingers and toes; hugging and kissing him tenderly?
Warning: that’s the only time he isn’t dangerous to us. The only time he’s dependent on us to meet his needs. Beyond infancy he rules and we submit. Even then, at 40 days of age—40 days!—he flexed his potential. Having been saved to see God’s Messiah, Simeon cradled him in his arms, looked wonderingly into his face and...foretold his authority over all humanity Luke 2:28-32, 34-35.
The beginning of that authority became obvious by his second birthday. Wise Men from the east came seeking him. When finding him, they rejoiced. When seeing him, they bowed and worshiped him. HIM, understand, not HIM and Mary, who stood nearby, watching. Having worshiped him as Israel’s King, they opened presents worthy of and designating a King. He alone the King, understand, not He the King and Mary his consort. Just when the Holy Spirit had the perfect opportunity to express Mary’s importance to the Kingdom of God, he instead expressed her irrelevance.
And the 2 year old had only begun. End Part I