September 8 – Mary Gives Birth to Jesus – Luke 2
Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus. We understand that Jesus was God in the flesh; therefore, He had no earthly father. It was the Holy Spirit that planted the seed of baby Jesus into the womb of Mary. Mary was indeed given much grace or favour from God. Mary was not a super-Christian that earned the right to give birth to Jesus. Mary was an obedient, humble, willing, and charactered young lady that made herself available to God’s use; whatever that may have been. Mary looked for encouragement from Elisabeth, an older veteran believer. When it was time for Mary to give birth, the only other person with her was Joseph. She could have fought Joseph’s leading on a trip during the most critical time of her pregnancy, but submitted herself to his authority. The Messiah was prophecies to be born in Bethlehem, and God lined every circumstance so that He was born in Bethlehem. Mary did not have much in material possessions, but was very blessed. Sometimes we characterize being in God’s will or experiencing God’s blessings by having things or good circumstances. Mary did not have things or good circumstances while out in the barn with the animals, but she was in the will of God.
I love the phrase found in verse 51 “but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.” Mary was a thinker. She was one that treasured memories. She knew Jesus was special. Let me encourage all the mothers to recognize that every child God gives you is special. Every child has a special purpose to fulfill, and it is your job to help them find God’s will and purpose. Let me encourage you to enjoy every circumstance, good or bad. Every circumstance in your child’s life is the part of the canvass and paint that is going to make their masterpiece to Honor God.