Day Eight: Twelve Days of Christmas
God’s search for the Messiah’s mother.
What was God looking for? An upwardly mobile woman who was highly motivated and possessed high intelligence? Did those things matter? Or were there other considerations?
Some of what was required:
- From the tribe of Judah.
- In the line of David
- Had to be a virgin
- From Nazareth
- To be favored by God
The Lord needed a young woman, from Nazareth, of the line of David, who was a virgin and of unimpeachable character. I wonder, how many could there be?
He only needed one, and he found her, her name was Mary.
Gabriel told her that God favored her, and would give her a son, and she would remain a virgin as her son would come from the Holy One. Her son would be great and that his kingdom would never end.
Can you imagine?
Did Mary faint? Did she offer excuses and objections, maybe suggesting to Gabriel that he look elsewhere? Was that what God was searching for, that deeper thing, a quiet and submissive spirit? Her amazing response,
“I am the Lord’s servant; may it be to me as you have said.”
The Messiah’s mother would need incredible inner strength. Do you remember what Simeon said at the dedication?
“And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Mary heard the insults and hateful comments. She watched the beatings and scourging. Did she wince at each hammer fall on the spikes or when she saw her first born hanging on the old rugged cross?
Only a mother could do that, and maybe not just any mother.
She was amazing. She had to be, for she was heaven’s choice for the Messiah’s Mom.
I think of Mary as lovely and beautiful, and perhaps she was. But God’s criteria had little to do with such things. He was looking on the inside, for deep faith, an abiding spirit, and incredible inner strength.