Christmas is a time of waiting, remembering and rejoicing. The Father sends us the most precious gift of all. His Son.
I have been thinking about this a lot. Mary, babies, humanity and humility. I guess more so recently as I wait for our child to be born and as we wait expectantly for Christmas day. I have been pondering what it would have been like for Mary and Jesus:
| Mary |
“Mary did you know…that when you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?”
It says in Luke 2:19: “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”
What a treasure! Even now as our baby kicks and moves inside me, I can’t help but treasure every moment that this living person is growing.
But imagine having the Son of God wriggling and moving inside of you! I wonder if Mary was ever overwhelmed by this? As she treasured these things in her heart, I wonder what thoughts were rushing around her head?
It’s amazing to think that when Mary gave birth, in her pain, she gave birth to the savour of the world and the reality of Genesis 3:15:
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
When I give birth, our child can live in the promise and salvation that the bruised serpent crusher gives to all the world. I can’t help but thank Mary for enduring the pain promised to Eve and bringing the promised offspring into the world.
| Jesus |
“though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8 ESV)
The Son trusted the Father, obedient to him even to the point of death on a cross.
But Jesus also trusted Mary.
As he became human flesh, he became a baby, helpless and utterly dependant on Mary. He was dependant on her for everything. Feeding, being cleaned and being comforted.
Jesus knew from the beginning what it was like to be looked after, comforted and included by his Father. But at Christmas time we are reminded that Jesus enters into a form where he is still dependent on the Father, but he is also dependant on a human being. It’s not like he didn’t know what humanity was like (sinful, messed up people) – he had been walking with them since the cool of the day in Eden.
Yet, despite this, he trusts that Mary will care for him. Amazing right?
I have a new-found respect for Mary. As I think about looking after another human being, one who is utterly dependant on me, I can’t escape the reality that it is a rather big responsibility. But I am not giving birth to the Son of God – the messiah, the LORD, the Alpha and Omega – I am not changing his nappy or giving him midnight feeds.
But Mary did. And she treasured it all in her heart.
And Jesus chose to trust her.
How beautiful is that?