“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
Christmas is a time for joy, celebration, and singing! But maybe we should also find some time to be quiet and ponder the mystery and majesty of the incarnation. Mary did just that on the night that Christ was born. Luke records her silent meditation on the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. What was Mary treasuring in her heart? We cannot know with certainty but let me offer a few guesses based upon the record of Scripture:
The Holy Birth of Christ
Mary had delivered a baby and she had never known a man. An angel had come to her months before to explain how the virgin birth was going to happen. He told her that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her and by His power Jesus would be placed in her womb, the fullness of God in helpless babe (Luke 1:31-35). Now Mary was holding that baby in her arms, looking into the face of God.
The Humble Beginnings of Christ
Perhaps Mary was also trying to make sense of the fact that the angel had declared the Child she would deliver would be a King (Luke 1:32-33). Yet, He was born in a small, unassuming village, not the great Jerusalem. There wasn’t even room in an inn, so she had to lay her baby in a feeding trough. Lowly shepherds were the only visitors the night of His birth. I’m sure it was hard to reconcile the fact that Jesus was the King of Kings and yet He came to earth in great humility. The beginnings of Christ’s time on earth point to the theology of the incarnation. Philippians 2 indicates that Jesus emptied Himself to take on human flesh. He voluntarily laid aside the prerogatives of deity to become human and die for our sins.
The Hope Brought by Christ
The angel announced that the Child was to be named Jesus (Luke 1:31), which simply but profoundly means, “the Lord saves.” Mary was holding the Savior, the only hope for the world. Surely this thought was one that she treasured and pondered on that first Christmas.
Will you treasure and ponder who Jesus is and what Jesus has done? Find a quiet place and spend some time meditating on Jesus this Christmas.