Luke 1: 28…The angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 38 Then Mary said, Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.
Intelligence and skilled hands may make a useful product and an artist or architect may transfer conceivings to canvas or contractor, but the very concept of birth is unquestioned genius. And we may with excellence promote the passing of ideas, mannerisms, words and knowledge through teaching and association, but this birth idea speaks of another realm. It’s one thing to transfer how-to, style and ideas to another, but imparting the very essence of one’s mind, heart and ability, well… that belongs to the wisdom of another One. And the Wisdom that created all that is seen or ever will be has life created and contingent on the intimacy of two.
As Mary’s virtuous body was selected by the Holy Spirit to bring the Son of God into the world, subject also to that unorthodox assignment was her heart and mind. And it was from her humbled submission in body and soul to the angel’s declaration that Hope was given entrance into our hopeless world! (And how strangely, preposterously, far out is that!) Yet when the weak are willing to trust the only One worthy of trust, then do we see and experience the unexpectedly impossible. What the world itself for ages had been unable to restore through exhaustive rehab strivings of men (whether legal, moral, social or religious); the Grace of God birthed its Restorer through the faith-opened heart of a young, unknown woman! Say what you will… to see common trust unite with divine Grace to offer the world an otherwise unattainable forgiveness of sins, eternal life and a bodily resurrection too! To ignore that miracle of Grace is to miss the grandest of all invitations to believe!
God chose one frail human frame to birth the Redeemer into the world in order to offer the entire world, every single human being ever formed or will be, the joy of His indwelling Presence by faith! And now that He’s come, He’s come to stay! Not to be with us so much as be in us! Not hold our hands so much as guide our hearts! Not see Him so much with our eyes as know Him with our hearts! Not wonder if He’ll leave us as much as know He can’t! He didn’t come to simply help us, heal us, comfort us or even forgive us, as if He were only another friend, doctor or sacrificial lamb; Read the rest of this entry »