Luke 2:19 "But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them."Mary provides for us a template for our posture during the season of Advent. Mary treasuredthe events of Jesus' birth in her heart. Her mind dwelt upon the incarnation of God. She carried the Messiah in her womb and through her body He was born. Mary didn't fail to see the miracle before her eyes, she wasn't blinded to the majesty in the manger. Mary meditated on God coming to earth as a babe, with the hosts of Heaven rejoicing in the skies. This is diametrically juxtaposed to what is typical for the holiday season, isn't it? What sort of things do we meditate on rather than the glorious incarnation of Christ? We treasure of Christmas trees, and Christmas movies, and Christmas gifts. We treasure up shopping, and feasting, and candlelight services. In the world's hubbub that seeks to sway us, let us pause. In remembrance, let's dwell on the good news of great joy we have in Jesus Christ.
Luke 2:9 "Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Don't be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord."Earlier in the nativity story, we meet the shepherds who witnessed something astounding–angels filled the skies to announce Jesus Christ's birth. The angels called this birth announcement "good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Good news of great joy. A Messiah was born, a blessing to all the nations. He was the Son of David, a Jewish-born King, but His birth would open up the heritage of becoming God's people. His birth would be good news and joyous because His birth made a way for all peoples, Jews and Gentiles alike, to become part of the chosen family of God. The good news is that God came down to earth to live a life as a sinless man. The good news is that God enacted His plan for redemption. The good news is that this gift wasn't limited–Jesus was born to bless the nations. Let's meditate on God putting on human flesh, coming to earth in a vulnerable body that needed to be swaddled to be kept warm and safe. Let's meditate on miraculous nature of the virgin birth, that God made a way amid the impossible to enact His plans. Let's dwell on the grand plan of God's redemptive story, that this lowly baby contained the answer to promises foretold for centuries. Let's pause and remember that it's true–that it's all true. The Christmas story is real, and we are alive because of it. Let's treasure these things up in our hearts, meditating on them and worshipping the God who came to save us. Sarah Morrison is a staff writer for The Daily Grace Co.