Thursday, December 15, 2011
10:41 AM Jennifer Hudson Taylor No comments
“Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.'” (Luke 1:30-33 NKJV)
I can only imagine how fearful Mary must have felt after the angel visited her with his message. I'm sure a sense of immense responsibility then filled her and Joseph. How on earth should they rear and discipline the Son of God? Since He was perfect, there was no need for discipline, but I'm certain that Mary and Joseph didn't always recognize this--such as when Jesus was left behind because He was teaching the scribes and priests at the age of 12. When they found him and questioned Him, His response was, "Did you not know I would be about my Father's business?"
Another instance occurred when they were at a wedding and Mary told Jesus they had run out of wine. His response was, " Woman what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come." She turned to the others and told them to do whatever He told them. This passage shows us many things: 1) It wasn't meant for Him to perform that miracle, but in obedience to her, He did it. 2) She believed Jesus could do something about it, but didn't know how He would go about doing it. 3) She didn't fully understand her son or His purpose or His timing. She was impatient to see Him do the great things she knew He could do.
We look at God and do the same thing today. We know He can fix all our problems with a word. He is capable of great things beyond our comprehension, but we are so busy looking for the BIG blessings in life that we miss the simple miracles that happen daily. Jesus was born a king and He will indeed reign forever, but on earth He was the poorest king of of low birth in spite of the noble blood in his veins. The Jews knew the prophecy of His birth, but they were looking for a wealthy king of noble birth that would be apparent and evident to all--a BIG sign. Don't miss the REAL blessings, because you're too busy looking at the greener grass on the other side.
You are a prince or a princess, as a child of God, the King of all Kings. Stop, consider the blessings in your life. Be still, and know that He is God. And give thanks!