Day 11 – Front Row

Nativity scenes are curious.  We arrange the figures “just so.”  The alignment of shepherds, sheep, Mary, Joseph, manger, magi, etc. is probably not realistic. I doubt that they lined up as if posing for an artist to sketch the tableau.  Instead of holding their pose I think those who came to see baby Jesus, got as close as they could.  Instead of lining up symmetrically to the left and right of the manger, I imagine them huddled around that miraculous baby.  I wonder how many asked the young parents: “may I hold him?” They wanted a front row seat. They wanted to get close to this baby who is God’s Messiah.
Front row. Right there.  In the middle of the action. 
Do you ever think of yourself as a perennial bleacher seat follower of Jesus? Do you ever feel like the front row is not for you?  Do you assume that the prime seating is for the “close to God” guys like  St. Paul, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, etc?  At times, I do.  I have to remind myself that Jesus came to save the world, and that includes me.  I am not worthy, but I have a front row seat.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

Through Christ you and I have been adopted as God’s sons.  We are welcome to come close. We are invited to be in on the action.  We live on the front row.