The Virgin Mary waited for Baby Jesus. Did you realize Jesus waits for you?
Our second grandson was born on December 5. We all have been eagerly waiting for him the last few weeks. Every time we got a call we would think, “This is it!” Chloe, his mother, was especially in that waiting mode that all of us mothers know all to well. You start thinking you are terminally pregnant.
I wonder how Mary felt as she waited for Baby Jesus to be born! She knew Jesus would be different from any person that had ever been born because of what the angel Gabriel had said. I can’t imagine what Mary felt when she was told this Baby would be the Son of the Most High. This meant she would bear, God Himself. God had picked Mary, not just to be pregnant, but also to parent Him. Yes, oh yes, God had a very favorable view of this young woman (Read Isaiah 9:6, Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-39).
I would imagine waiting for Jesus to be born was thrilling to say the least! I can just envision Mary pondering what her little boy would be like, being both God and Man at the same time (Read Philippians 2:5-8). I wonder, did she daydream about things like, “What will it be like to care for, to hold, to love, and to watch Jesus as He grows into manhood?” (Read Luke 2:40-52, Isaiah 53:2-3). Maybe she thought, “How will it feel to have the physical presence of God around me? What will it be like to have Him depend on me, hug me, walk with me, laugh and cry, and to hear of His love, wisdom and understanding as we talk about everyday things as well as the mysteries of the universe? What will it be like to have the God of the universe help me with the ordinary things of life, such as dealing with the garbage or watching His brothers?”
We also know these events were very scary for Mary, as she waited for Jesus. Remember, she was young, probably about 14 years old. She was a virgin but pregnant. She was engaged but since she was pregnant by someone different than her fiancée; he could have her stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:23-24). I think we could definitely say, she felt very inadequate about being the mother, the parent, of God. How would you have felt as you waited for God Most High to be born as your son?
Nothing is really extraordinary about waiting for babies to be born. Yet, what is very amazing to me, is that the God of the universe has been waiting for you and me to become His, from eternity past. What do you think of that? He is longing for you to be His right now! (Read Isaiah 30:18 & Ephesians 1:4-5). And you can be His, but only by believing in Him. John 3:15-18 says,
…everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God loved the world so much that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its Savior. Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God's only Son. GNT
Merry Christmas because of God, Gini I love all of you!