Luke 2:19

 

Pictures of Adriana with Grandma and Grandpa

I could sit and hold her for hours just looking at her, praying for her, admiring her little features and thanking God for her life.

 

Julia posted these pictures and said – I believe the I can relate to this verse more so than ever before.

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

 

Mary was in awe of Jesus’ miraculous conception and that He would save the world.

 

On the day of Jesus’ birth Mary’s head must have been spinning trying to understand everything the God was doing. She was trying to soak it all up but how could she.  As she lay there holding Jesus she must have tried to remember exactly what the angel Gabriel said to her.

 

Luke 1:28 … “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” … 30  …”Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

 

Nine months later she didn’t have a better idea of what that meant. Even when Jesus was 12 she didn’t understand.

 

Luke 2:48  When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49  “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50  But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 

Mary didn’t understand even after Jesus started His ministry, His brothers even made fun of Him (John 7:2-5).

 

Mark 3:21  When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” …31  Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32  A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” 33  “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. 34  Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35  Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

What did Mary understand?

The Jews have been waiting for the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world for the last 450 years. They were looking forward to the King riding in to save them.

The Jews misunderstood Zechariah’s prophecy; they were looking for a King to overthrow the Romans who had occupied their land for over 300 years.

Zechariah’s prophecy would be easy to misunderstand.

 

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.

 

Mary would be excited but also fearful – her baby boy would grow up to be a warrior who would become a King.

We have those fears when your son went off to war or just getting in a car to drive.  We want to protect them but we can’t.  Mary in her exhaustion wondering, pondering, treasuring all that she could grasp.

 

Video – Hallelujah – I wasn’t going to show this but it gives me chills every time I watch it.

 

First – the wise men did not show up at the manger.

Matthew 2:1  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2  and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

 

This was a supernatural star that moved and stopped over the house.

Another question? Why didn’t the teachers of the law go with the wise men?

 

Matthew 2:3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6  “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”

 

Herod knew the Christ was to be born sometime. The Jews were looking forward to His coming.  Yet, the teachers of the law were not curious about the wise men coming.

 

That would be like someone coming in right now and saying that they heard a loud trumpet and the sky starting to break open (1 Thessalonians 4:16). We would say, yes that is how Jesus is to come but not run outside to see Him descending.

 

The teachers knew where to find the prophecy of Jesus’ coming but did not believe that these foreigners knew anything.

Don’t just know the Word and not get to know Jesus who the Word talks about.

 

Christianity is a relationship not a religion. Jesus knows you and He wants you to know Him.

 

Did Mary know Jesus?

Did Mary ever understand what Gabriel meant when he said Jesus would save the world?

Like the disciples and Jesus’ brothers, Mary finally understood that Jesus’ kingdom was a spiritual kingdom. Jesus came to save us from our sins not the Romans.

 

Mary may have questioned God as she watched her baby boy dying on the cross.

We can question God but we would be better off trusting God and understand we don’t understand His plan and how He will work everything out.

It is hard to see your son die, he is in your hands and there is nothing you can do. I experienced what Mary felt, a helplessness, a despair, wanting to take your child’s place so they didn’t have to suffer.  You can’t, you watch and cry out to God.

 

John 19:25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” 27  and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

 

Mary and her sister, grieving together, was at the cross with John, and Jesus’ brothers nowhere to be found.

 

We understand that Jesus was born to die. We know that Jesus came to save us from our sin and the way for Him to do that was to take our penalty, our guilt by dying on the cross.

 

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus and like Mary treasure up all that we know and try to understand and know Him better.

 

When you go to a birthday party you take a gift. What gift did you bring for Jesus?

We bought gifts or made gifts for others but you forgot to bring a gift for Jesus. Your mother raised you better than that.

Well what do you have to give?  I guess you will have to give yourself.  Bow down and worship Him like the wise men, not with a gift of gold but with the gift of your life.

 

Romans 12:1  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Christian truly offer your whole self to Jesus – make your life an act of worship.

If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus – know that Jesus was born just for you, He came and died on the cross just for you. Jesus loves you and wants you to be with Him in Heaven.

Will you come today an accept the greatest gift that has ever been given?

Accept the love of and forgiveness of Jesus.

Believe Jesus loves you, admit you are a sinner and you need forgiveness, repent of your sins and be baptized.  Then you will be washed clean and God the Holy Spirit will come to live with you.