|And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” (Luke 1:28)|
|Mary – Jewish, young, a virgin, and engaged to be married. Sounds ideal doesn’t it? But wait – there’s a problem, she’s pregnant!
Mary’s pregnancy is grounds for divorce should Joseph choose to exercise his right to divorce her. Mary’s situation, however, deserves a second look.
For reasons known only to Him, God chose Mary to be the mother of the Messiah, the Savior that He had promised His children so long ago. From her flesh, sinful as it may have been for no one is without sin, Mary was chosen to bring into the world the greatest gift that mankind has ever received.
It is her child who will eventually hang on the cross in your place. It is her child who will suffer the wrath of an angry God on your behalf. Her child took upon Himself our sin so that we could stand before our Creator just as if we were without sin.
So, after all of the gifts have been unwrapped, the trash bagged and taken to storage, take time to give thanks for the one gift that didn’t need to be unwrapped – the gift of your salvation, a gift freely given to you by your Heavenly Father.
His is a beautiful gift, the most precious one that you will ever receive. Treasure it.
|Heavenly Father, like Mary, I’m humbled by Your gift to me of Your Son Jesus, my Lord and my Savior. I know Father that I will stumble so when I do, please guide me back to a right path with You for there is where I want to be – in communion with You for all of eternity. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.|