Sunday, December 22, 2019
The staff here at the church, wishes each of you the Merriest Christmas Ever!!
“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. and behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God will give him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.'” Luke 1:30-33
There is a wonder surrounding Mary, the mother of Jesus that transcends traditional religious thought. She was a privileged vessel, chosen to bear God’s Son, is wonder enough, for she is a participant in the miracle of the Incarnation at a level no other human being can comprehend. It is clear that she did not claim to understand it herself, but simply worshiped God in humble acknowledgment of the phenomenon engulfing her existences: “My soul magnifies the Lord,” she exclaims (c. 46).
Mary is also a study in the pathway forward in God’s will. She might have sought elevation in position among those who saw Jesus for who He as – Messiah – but instead 1) she remained steadfast with him all the a to the Cross, rather than protect herself; 2) she obediently joined Jesus’ disciples in the Upper Room, waiting as He demanded for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
May is a model of responsive obedience, on who lived out her own directive to the servants at Cana – timeless advice for all ages: “Whatever He (Jesus) says to you, do it.”
You are loved, Pastor Don