For me, the entire month of December brings nothing but thoughts of the upcoming Christmas holiday. As the day approaches that we, as Christians, celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I find myself reflecting on certain things that completely humble me, as a human being. This year, I was shown something new to reflect on. It has strengthened me, as a Christian, so I thought I would share it.
While many know and accept that Jesus is the reason for the season, there is a story that is forgotten by many Christians that leads up to this blessed event. A woman, by the name of Mary, was approached by an angel and was told that she would have a son, she should call him Jesus, and He would be the Messiah spoken about in the Old Testament. When Mary protested that she was a virgin, she was told not to worry, that arrangements had been made for a suitor and that she would remain a virgin because her Son would be from God’s seed.
Put yourself in her place for minute or two. First, imagine coming to grips with meeting an angel and having it announce to you that you will give birth, as a virgin, to the Son of God and will be entrusted to raise Him from infancy to manhood. Second, you have no husband and face the, very real, threat of being stoned to death as a harlot for being pregnant and unwed.
Both of these reflections give an idea of the kind of person that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was. She was, obviously, a person who believed in God’s existence. She was obedient to God, even in the face of danger to her own life. But, most importantly, of all the women in all the time periods available to God, He chose Mary to birth and raise His Son. That, in itself, speaks volumes of the woman’s righteousness.
What if Mary had pleaded with the angel to not participate in this task and rejected the idea? What if Mary’s will to survive outweighed her faith? What if Mary had panicked before meeting Joseph and tried to abort the pregnancy? What if Mary did not remain a virgin during her pregnancy?
The Bible, itself, gives only hints of Mary and the person she was, however, I think there was much more to this woman than most people even attempt to investigate and while Jesus is, most assuredly, the reason for the season, you can not help but marvel at the human being that, Mary, the mother of God must have been.