It’s Christmas time, and believers and unbelievers alike are considering the incarnation.
Immanuel -God with us. This is the story that the scriptures tell, -that God became a man.
Never ceasing to be God, yet fully man. Of course, to believe this miracle it takes faith – “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Heb. 11:1
The miraculous, virgin-born, Savior, is to be know to the world based on the testimony of those who have experienced Him, and received by those who would believe.
There is one witness, that is the most compelling, for this witness knew with absolute certainty, the fact of the miraculous virgin birth. Mary knew.
I’ve always loved the line repeated in Luke’s gospel, “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 & 2:51 – she had so much to ponder, as the angel Gabriel announced to her what would happen… and it did happen. Mary was the only one who really knew. Joseph was told by an angel, the shepherds heard from angels, the magi understood, the disciples would see and believe, but Mary was the recipient of the miracle.
There is not much written about the mother of Jesus, yet she remains a powerful witness nonetheless.
In John 2, at the wedding at Cana, she presses her Son to do something about the wedding that had run out of wine. The exchange is clear, that she knew He could do something about the situation. In verse 5, she says, “”Whatever He says to you, do it” -knowing that if they will obey Him, they will see a miracle.
It’s an interesting parallel that Jesus must necessarily be “born” within each of us, if we are to receive forgiveness and live a God-pleasing life. We receive personal miracles that really, only ourselves are completely sure of. Skeptics look on and conclude that we have laid hold of a philosophy or method that “works for us.” But, we know.
If you are not certain today about the reality of this man Jesus, the Christ, I would say to you… trust Him today. I know. In the same way that Mary knew, in the same way that those who witnessed His resurrection knew, you too can know Him today. If you will only believe.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. –1 John 5:13