Beside what the angels said to Mary, how much did the mother of Jesus really know about the future of her Baby Boy. We can only guess about her knowledge before His birth, for the Scripture says in Luke 2:19 she "kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." How much did she know about His destiny when He was two, twelve, or even when He was thirty? We just don't know!
We do know how much He knew before He left Heaven and the glory that was His from before the foundation of the world.
He knew He would be born into a poor family in the poorest of circumstances and would be raised in the poorest of neighborhoods, yet He came.
He knew He would be tested by the Devil, yet He came.
He knew He would be "despised and rejected of men," yet He came.
He knew His closest followers would forsake Him, yet He came.
He knew He would suffer physically, emotionally and spiritually, even unto death; yet He came.
Why would He come when He knew what awaited Him? He came because He knew the benefits far outweighed the price He would pay. Combining Hebrews 12;2; 2:10 and II Corinthians 5:21 we read, "For the joy that was set before him [He] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." In bringing many sons unto glory,"…"he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." What wondrous love!
At Christmas — and all through the year — our hearts should shout from II Corinthians 9:15, "Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift."
We do know that Jesus came wrapped in the swaddling clothes of joy. The words "joy" and "rejoice" fill the original story of Christmas.
The Virgin Mary exclaimed, "my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior" (Luke 1:47).
When the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias, he promised, "you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice …" (Luke 1:14).
When Elizabeth heard Mary's voice, she said, "the babe leaped in my womb for joy" (Luke 1:44).
When the Magi saw the wondrous star, "they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy" (Matthew 2:10). And of course, the angels brought the shepherds "good tidings of great joy" (Luke 2:10).
Sometimes the emotions of Christmas are pensive and reflective, and occasionally even sad and lonely. Those are understandable feelings as we contemplate an event so profound and wonderful. But don't forget the "rejoicing" part! This season is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus, the One who made it possible for all of us to someday live in heaven for eternity. The celebration of a true story should always be a source of pure joy. Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King!
In His Amazing Grace,
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