22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by
the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
We are a few months away from Christmas, a little over three months. My mind went back to Mary, roughly a little over three months from seeing His face. It’s been talked about before. We know that she was talked about. Mary was the subject of gossip, whispers flooded the neighborhood.
She had a few that believed her, Joseph, Elisabeth, and Zacharias. We don’t know of many beyond that. She knew she wasn’t crazy. Mary knew that the gift that she carried was from God. Jesus’ stirrings from the inside reassured her that this was very real.
I’m sure there had been hard times, unpleasant conversations, harsh rejection. Yet, in the midst of it, Mary knew that she was fulfilling God’s purpose. It wasn’t about the pain that she had, was feeling, or would endure. It was about seeing His face.
Some might say that is was a lot to ask of Mary. People might wonder why she was selected. The greatest Bible Teachers I know will tell you the most important reason, she was willing. God can work with willingness, He can do more with it than talent.
Willingness to take risk caused Him to create the world. Willingness to spare man caused Him to give Noah the plans for an ark. Willingness to suffer excruciating, temporary pain for an Eternal rescue mission, was the pathway to the Cross.
Mary’s son would spend thirty three and a half years preparing to rescue you and I. At times, it was very hard. He was the subject of much more than unpleasant conversations. He was blasphemed, mocked, whispered, and shouted against. More rejected Him than accepted Him. It was the most expensive price ever paid by anyone in history.
Still, He felt the stirrings on the inside of His soul. The love, and the promise He had made to Eve, Noah, Abraham, and Isaac. As cataclysmic as the price was, He had made a decision, He was willing to pay the cost.
Christ died for you and I, not because it was easy, but because He was willing. He loved us enough to suffer untold pain, so we could experience unimagined joy. I’m not sure how far we are from seeing His face, I believe it could be any moment. I will tell you this, He knows that you’re facing battles until that day.
The Lord understands that you may be the subject of unpleasant conversation. Perhaps you are gossiped, and whispered against. He knows you’ve witnessed, and been rejected. God knows how that feels. The world will tell you the cost is too high, but don’t listen.
Listen instead to the stirrings in your soul, Christ is there. One day soon, the pain will be behind us, the battles all ended. Any moment, like Mary, we will hear Christ’s cry, and it will be worth a trillion times more than anything we’ve suffered. On that day, The Native Of Bethlehem, will welcome the natives of Heaven to their brand new home!