In the midst of our Christmas celebrations we are reminded that Jesus is no longer a baby in a manger, but that He sits at the right hand of the Father until the day He returns to take His bride home. This is the image of Jesus we need to remember, but for just a moment, I would like to reflect on that sweet child in Mary’s arms.
As women we can understand the emotions that must have been coursing through Mary’s mind. She was so young, she was just starting a new life with Joseph, and it was hard to explain how she was pregnant before her time with her husband. I’m sure she could hear the whispers behind her back as she carried this Child in her womb. Yet, she knew there was something special about this baby because angels had announced the birth of her child!
She travels eighty miles on foot and donkey to Bethlehem with her husband only to find there was no place for them to stay in town. Joseph provides the best he could, but nobody wants to have their first child in a place where animals are kept. Don’t you imagine she would rub her hand over her stomach and whisper to the unborn babe that everything would be all right. How could she understand the magnitude of how her child would make all things right?
The birth process is painful and even in her youth she would feel this new life entering the world. He was wrapped in a blanket and handed to His mother. Now what was she to do? Far from home with no one to help her she had to be afraid. Then she would look into her baby’s face for the first time. The fear fades away as she is overcome with love for her child.
Over the next few hours others would come see Jesus. We don’t know for sure, but I think people knew He wasn’t just another Jewish boy. There was something special when you looked into His eyes. This baby was different. Could He be the Messiah that had been foretold?
Thirty-three years later this sweet child that she held in her arms would die for the sins of the world. He was the humanity that He came to save.
As you read the Christmas story this year try to remember these were real people going through a real situation. The birth of Jesus changed everything. It changed Mary and Joseph’s lives forever and it can change yours too.
Make this a Merry Christmas and share your faith with someone. Tell them the story of Jesus. Tell how this sweet baby in Mary’s arms would someday save the world.