I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From the time the angel visited Mary and told her that she would conceive a son, she knew that this was the long awaited Messiah. Though the child was in her womb and flesh of her flesh, she knew that it was not her own. I’m sure she wondered how she could have found such favor in the eyes of God to be the “chosen virgin” for the Christ child. Yet, she kept all these things in her heart. After baby Jesus was born and the shepherds came to visit, scripture tells us that they made known abroad the saying that was told them concerning the Christ child. “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.” (Luke 2:11-12). Likewise, the wise men came to worship baby Jesus and “…presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11). Everywhere Mary went she met people proclaiming the wondrous prophecy of her son, Jesus. When she and Joseph took Jesus to the temple to be circumcised, an old man called Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, “…Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel…” (Luke 2:34). Also, an old woman in the temple, named Anna, “…gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:38). Yet, instead of saying anything, “…Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19).