Each of us lives with things we’d rather keep hidden. We exhaust ourselves with our efforts to keep our secrets secret and our skeletons hidden neatly in the closet. But, as Matthew 1 shows us, the God has some good news — he has come die for all our skeletons in the closet.
Nativity scenes are strange to me. They’re strange because we’ve decided, against all evidence to the contrary, that we have to have the wise men from the east in attendance at Jesus’s birth. And, as Matthew 2 tells us, our stubborn insistence to include them at the nativity exposes our lack of understanding why we remember the wise men in the first place.