Monday, December 15, 2008

Merry Christmas, Mary!

Today let's consider Mary, the mother of Jesus… the ONLY WOMAN present that first Christmas night!  I want you to imagine what AWE she must have experienced!

The shepherds related to Joseph and Mary how the angels had told them the wonderful NEWS of a Savior’s coming to their little village of Bethlehem! They wanted to SEE and WORSHIP Him!

 Luke 2:10-15  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.               

And what WAS Mary’s response that night?

Luke 2:19  But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

We get more insight to Mary's thoughtfulness later in the same chapter:

  • Luke 2:33  And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
  • Luke 2:51  And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

That night of Jesus' birth Mary might have pondered:

The conception of her firstborn son when an ANGEL announced His soon arrival thru her!
The amazing 9 months carrying the Savior of the world
The exciting participation in Elizabeth’s delivery of John
  • What will YOU ponder during the season of our Saviors’ birth?
  • Will you reflect on His first visit to YOUR HEART?
  • Will you remember to tell others how wonderful He has been to your life?

Devotion prepared for Ladies Christmas Fellowship at Bible Baptist Church, Port Orchard.


preacher said...

Excellent devotion honoring our Lord and Savior. I'm sure all those who heard it or will read it will be blessed.

Alice said...

I really enjoyed getting into Mary's shoes and imagining how she must have felt. What an amazing thought!

Lindsey Armstrong said...

Thank you for this devotion! I was blessed by it on Monday, and continue to be so!