One of my favorite songs celebrating Jesus is “Mary did you know?” by Mark Lowry. One of the lines is “did you know that when you kissed your baby boy, you kissed the face of God?”. That just recently jumped out at me. What an amazing blessing Mary had. God literally lived in her household in the flesh. She and Joseph were tasked with parenting that special one. Surely, the circumstances surrounding His conception were discussed, and because God the Holy Spirit literally fathered Jesus, He was around from the moment Jesus was born in the flesh. How else would Mary and Joseph know how to address spiritual things that were literally impossible for them to know?
Have you ever wondered what went on in their household? Have you wondered if Jesus performed miracles for them on a pretty regular basis? Otherwise, how would Mary know that Jesus could turn water into wine at the wedding in Cana? How did she know He would honor her bold statement and request?
Scripture gives us hints but leaves enough information for us to ponder just what Jesus’ life was like and just what was Mary’s influence on that life. Scripture does say that Mary saw and experienced things and kept them close to her heart from the time Jesus was born.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
God chose Mary for a reason, for many reasons. First and foremost, she was totally His, and she was totally yielded to Him. She was not afraid when the archangel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that she was most favored of women.
28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
But, she was troubled by those words, which gives a glimpse into who she was as a believer. She must have looked at herself mentally and asked like we all do, who am I to be so blessed and favored by God? That’s humility, spiritual family. And yet, she did not let that thought interfere with what Gabriel came to share. And she had the confidence to ask Gabriel just how she could become pregnant when she was a virgin. Again, she showed she was a ponderer, a thinker.
In the end, I believe she counted the social cost of a virgin carrying a child and yielded to God’s plan and purpose for her, realizing the contrast between how God saw her and how society could mistakenly judge her. After all, being pregnant is a very visible thing! Mary was an example of true Godly character, and I admire her for it.
37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
So, did Mary know? She sure did. Would your response be the same? Would you yield totally and completely to God’s plan and purpose even if it mean being ostracized, perhaps even mocked and scorned? What’s more important to you: what God thinks about you or what people think about you?
Pray with me, please: Father God, thanks for Your precious word, the bible. There is so much to learn that we might not have thought about. Thanks for giving us the spiritual eyes to see and the faith and whatever else we need to grasp the truth of Your inspired word. Thanks for showing us that You let us know about Your plan and purpose for our lives so that we can accept what it is You have for us to be and do, so that we, too, can know that we know that we know. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Spiritual family, enjoy celebrating Jesus. Be blessed.
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