I just LOVE the Christmas story! Every year we see Christmas plays and nativity scenes; albeit less than in days gone by. The focus is always on Baby Jesus, as it should be.
This week as we prepare for the Christmas celebration, let’s think about the first Christmas account found in Luke chapter 2.
A young virgin girl, Mary, found favor from God. She was chosen to raise and care for His Son on this earth. I think of this through “rose-colored glasses”. It must have been so awesome to know that you’re son is THE Son of God, THE long awaited Messiah. How special and blessed Mary must have felt, right?
But with that blessing came great hardship. Mary wasn’t married, yet. In that day and time, you could be stoned to death for that. Her reputation was severely tarnished to say the least. And so was the reputation of her husband-to-be since he kept her. (We know God’s angel came to him, like Mary, and explained what was going on.) But their families didn’t know what we know, nor did their friends or onlookers.
People are the same-just the times are different. If folks will talk about you and look down on you now, they would then, too. So we can surmise the pain Mary and Joseph must have went through as vessels that God chose to do such a miracle through.
Don’t you know that Mary must have dreamed of being a mother and what her home would be like and the nursery she would have when the first little one came? But that’s not how it happened. During her first pregnancy she was scorned by society and then gave birth in a barn. Jesus cradle was not hand crafted by Joseph, but was a strangers feed trough.
But God, (my favorite phrase in the Bible) delivered another miracle in the barn. Angels went to shepherds (strangers) who then came to celebrate Jesus! Mary and Joseph must have been shocked at the men coming to their baby’s birth. But what a confirmation of obedience! Scripture says “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”
I’ll just bet she did! What LOVE the Father has for us to send His Son to be our Saviour! And what love the Father had for Mary and Joseph to demonstrate such a confirmation of His word at one of the hardest times of their lives (up to that point).
Where can you see the love of God in your life? If you think you can’t, look deeper! God loves you and gave His only begotten Son so YOU could have eternal life. He is pursuing you right now. Why don’t you say “Yes” to that free gift of salvation, today.