What I found myself asking, as a believer in every word of The Word, the Word that was God in the beginning and which God spoke through His prophet Isaiah over 700 years before God came to the world as a helpless infant in the hands of an equally helpless teenage mother and young, fearful earthly father, Joseph, was “how could she not know?”
In those days, out of wedlock births to a man was about as egregious a sin as existed in the Jewish world of the time. Mary was exposed to horrifying execution by stoning and her family to great risk of their life and livelihoods at the hands of the culture. She surely did know and so did Joseph. But still, their faith in God, His promises, and the blessings to all mankind for all time were worth the risk to themselves to see God’s plan through.
This faith became God’s greatest gift to all of us and, for those of us who believe, return the favor by making ourselves a gift to Him. We don’t even need to die in the effort. He already did that for us.
Perhaps C. S. Lewis said it most succinctly:
The Son of God became a man to
enable men to become the sons of God.
Mary would have known this because angelic visitations were made to her and she would have heard the prophecies of her Son as a child growing up. Further confirmation would have come to her from her cousin Elizabeth, also with a prophesied child, John the Baptist as an adult, a double portion of the clear Word of God coming in the flesh through a teenage virgin!
You can’t make this stuff up, brothers and sisters! No one person, least of all 40 people over 1500 years could concoct such a tale, in perfect agreement with every other tale and bound with a great revelation of His return as The One foretold. How we long for this wonderful day, for it is just another year closer until that which was prophesied will be fulfilled:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
No, this is not the picture of Jesus of Nazareth on the pagan Roman world of 2,000 years ago. This is the picture of this same Jesus who is coming soon for His bride, US!, and we are preparing ourselves to meet Him on our wedding day. This is what we are celebrating today.
I invite you, dear reader, to come to Him, learn of Him, and dedicate yourself to Him. That’s why He came to us to begin with.
Merry Christmas and accept this greatest of all blessings from The One who was born to die for us all. That’s what we’re celebrating today.