What was going through Mary and Joseph’s mind a couple of days after this special birth?
It’s hard to tell. Certainly, Mary knew Jesus was different. Scripture records Mary as a “pondering” mother. When Jesus was 12, and stayed behind in Jerusalem after Passover, they didn’t quite understand what Jesus meant when He asked, “why were you looking for me?” Mary was close as Jesus hung on the cross. Jesus spoke to her. No doubt, she was not far off during the events of that day.
If you were able to ask the people who knew Jesus who He was, you’d get a lot of different answers. It had to be tough being Jesus’ younger siblings. There is no record in scripture of how Mary handled the subject. As an adult, the Bible records Jesus’ family coming to get Him because they thought he was insane. It had to be difficult. Jesus was not your typical older brother.
The crowds of people followed Him incessantly. To them Jesus was a great teacher, a source of actual food, and a healer. Because of that, He was popular and Jesus would have to sneak away to have a moment’s peace. John the Baptist declared Jesus, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” The religious people of the day saw Jesus as a threat to their established hierarchy. To the leper, Jesus was the one person who would touch him. To the woman caught in the act adultery, Jesus was her only defender. To the blind man, Jesus was restored sight. To the foreign woman, who came to the well, Jesus was the man who spoke to her. He told her of her sin, but offered forgiveness and living water. To Jairus, Jesus was his only hope. To a woman in the crowd who had a bleeding disorder, Jesus was the cure no one else could offer. To the frightened fishermen, who had weathered many storms, Jesus was, “Peace be still” and the sea obeyed. To the demon possessed, Jesus was redemption and release. To a radical Jew, who was persecuting the converts to Christianity, Jesus was the blinding light that changed his life and turned him into the minister of God’s grace.
Jesus IS all those things: teacher, healer, a threat to the status quo of a sinful life, the one who comes to touch you in your despicable state, your defender at God’s right hand, the Way that leads you to the Father, the Bread of life and Living water, your only hope of salvation, the only cure for your sin-sick souls, your peace, your redemption, and the one who changes the course of your lives when you follow Him.
Jesus: the gift of a baby in a manger. God with us. He comes to meet your need. He comes to bring you salvation. That is unusual. That is extraordinary. That is worth pondering. That is a gift worth accepting.
Father, what an extraordinary and lavish gift Your son was!! Thank you for that perfect lamb, who took away my sin. Thank you for a Savior able to meet all my needs.