The story of the Magi communicates another striking truth. God delights to use the most unlikely people and unexpected situations to accomplish His purposes. He breaks every human convention and protocol. He sent His Son, not as a conquering warrior, but as a helpless baby. He was not born to a princess living in a palace, but to a peasant virgin in a barn. His birth was not attended by royal emissaries, but by shepherds. He was not honoured by the spiritual leaders and scholars of His own people, but by pagan astrologers from the Gentile world.
But why does God operate this way? Because He “has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world – what is viewed as nothing – to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one may boast in his presence” (1 Cor 1:28-29, CSB).