There was an air of mystery surrounding the baby that was born in Bethlehem. The question of course is, “Was Jesus an illegal immigrant?” Bear with me if you will and I will make this plain and clear. The baby Jesus was taken by Joseph and Mary across a border once without government permission because His life was threatened by king Herod. He was a stranger in the land of Egypt. Of course Jesus was just about two years of age at that time. Read the account of Matthew’s Gospel. You will be amazed concerning the life of Jesus.
It is amazing to see how the earthly ministry of Christ Jesus impacted the world during His days on earth. Even now some two thousand years after His death, His ministry still has great impact. When it dawns upon the mind of a person that God walked on this earth that He created out of non-pre-existing material, it just blows all of our minds. God the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe on Earth? Many can not handle it and refuse to believe it even though it is true. The miracles that Jesus, who is the Messiah, performed while He walked the dusty roads and hills of Nazareth, Capernaum, Bethany, Jerusalem and other cities, villages, and hamlets, should have convinced even His staunchest enemies, especially the Ecclesiastical Hieracrhy, that He was indeed the Anointed One of God. But in all of the places where He walked, preached, taught, and healed all that came to him, He was indeed a “stranger” to some and “strange” among many. His actions caused the leaders in Israel great problems and much anxiety. Much Worry and feeling of uneasiness existed among His family, friends and enemies.
There were those who rejected Jesus as the Messiah, but, on the other hand there were many who accepted him as such. Those who knew his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, objected to the claim that He was the Messiah. Others who came to Him for healing knew that He was the One to come. There in the Gospels, for example, a Gentile woman, by faith, believed that Jesus could heal her daughter. She also seem to know the plan of salvation, although that was brought to the house of Israel first, she knew it was coming to the Gentiles. She was not uneasy when Jesus spoke to her, but expressed her request in a very humble way. She believed in a stranger in this land. Jesus was in the coast of Tyre and Sidon. She was a woman of Canaan out of the same coasts. The story is recorded in the fifteenth chapter of Matthew starting at the twenty-first verse.
Others, such as Peter, James and John, were astonished and dumbfounded like the time when Jesus was transfigured before their eyes. It was during this time that God declared Jesus to be His Son once again. The Disciple’s notion of Jesus was confirmed when the heavens opened and God spoke for the second time saying, “This is my Son, in whom I love; with Him I am well pleased” (Matt. 17:5, NIV). Of course this was a once in a lifetime mountaintop experience for the Disciples. They were blessed to see a glimpse of the LORD’S true glory and hear divine affirmation coming from heaven above. These three were His inner circle for they were selected for this special revelation of Jesus divine glory and purity. Peter, James and John were the ones who would be able to understand and accept the truth concerning the Messiah. They were on a high mountain by themselves when this Revelation came. They were charged by Jesus to “Tell the vision no man, until the Son of man be risen from the dead” (Matt. 17:9,KJV). This experience they had on the mountain made them realize the had a lot to learn about their Master who was A Stranger in this land.
One woman knew better than anyone else about the soon coming death of Jesus. Jesus had told his Disciples that He was going to die, When He did, Peter rebuked Him. His Disciples did not accept the fact that their Master would be facing an approaching death, But Mary of Bethany knew it. Mary prepared Jesus body for burial by anointing His head with costly perfume, her most expensive possession, which was an extravagant act of love. Jesus was a dear friend of Mary, Lazarus her brother and Martha her sister. Mary knew that her friend would soon die so she anointed Him. To her, He was more than just a stranger in this land. He was her LORD, Master and Saviour and Friend who is worthy of the love of all.