It’s the time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. An amazing time where God’s love can been seen in the birth of His Son. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
When I think about that first Christmas and how everything had to work together just perfectly for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, I’m in awe of God’s love for His creation.
But can you imagine how Mary must have felt when she learned that she would be the mother of the Savior? Most scholars agree that Mary was probably still a teenage girl when the angel delivered the news that she would give birth to the Messiah. Being betrothed but not yet married, she had to realize what everyone would think about her, yet Mary’s faith was strong.
Now, let’s fast forward nine months. A very pregnant Mary must travel with Joseph to Bethlehem. The journey itself had to be grueling, but for a pregnant woman ready to give birth at any moment…I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for her. As she and Joseph made the trip, they must have noticed the star shining so bright. Would Mary have wondered about its significance? Did she know it would guide others to her Son?
Then after the exhausting journey, Mary and Joseph finally arrive in Bethlehem only to find that there is no room for them anywhere in town. The only place for rest is in a dirty stable. The Savior of the world would be born under lowly circumstances.
When the shepherds came to see the Child, telling the young couple about the good news shared to them by the angels, what was Mary’s reaction? For such a young woman, it must have been hard to grasp everything that was happening. The miracle of Jesus’ birth, just as God had announced in Micah and she was the one to give birth to Him.
Once the wise men arrived with gifts for the newborn King, Mary’s thoughts had to be spinning. The intelligent, wealthy men were there to honor her Son?
And as the young Messiah grew, I wonder if she understood what His future held? Did she know He would die for her and for an entire world separated from God by sin? Did she understand the heartache and pain that awaited her when she watched her Son die on the cross?
All those horrible things would come in the future, but on that first Christmas Day, I think Mary, like all mothers of the world, held her baby Boy in her arms and wondered what the future would hold for Him.
And what an amazing future it was. Merry Christmas!
All the best…