Vs. 19 - "But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart."
Ponder. "To weigh in the mind, to put one thing against another, to review mentally, i.e., to think about, to examine carefully." (Webster's Dictionary)
Among all the women of the world, God had selected Mary to bear His Son. She was highly favored! The Lord would be with her, and she would become pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. When the child would be born she would give him the name Jesus, which meant, “Savior.” He was to be called the “Son of the Most High." He would be given the throne of David and would reign forever. His kingdom would never end.
Some years ago, I was reading through the Christmas story, as I often do this time of year. The story is so familiar to us, that often times we simply gloss right over it. But, this particular time, something that I had read many times before seemed to jump out at me from the pages of Scripture.
It is safe to say that Joseph and Mary had had a rough, eventful, busy road to travel before that first Christmas. Yet she took time to think - to wonder - to decipher what it all meant.
I’ve been busy this year, as I am sure you have been. I’m probably guilty of not taking time to reflect on the meaning of the Incarnation. We’ve all been shopping, cooking, attending parties, and spending time with our family and our friends
Don’t let Christmas pass you by! Don’t let the message of the Incarnation get lost in the wrapping, eating, shopping and decorating.
And that message is this: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..." (John 1:14, ESV). As Christmas approaches, take time to behold his glory! Ponder on the truth "that the light of the world has come."
“I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on'ry people like you and like I...
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.”
- John Jacob Niles, 1933