In-Sight: Mary’s Anticipation

This year, Christmas falls in the middle of the week.  As a further means to our celebration of it, I will post five meditations today through Friday.  Let’s begin with Mary’s anticipation.
     The angel told her she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32).  Even before her impregnation by the Spirit, she knew that the child she would deliver would be different from every baby ever born.  He would be named Jesus, but he would be the incarnation of the eternal Christ.
     And so, we call it “Christ”mas Day. The person who lived among us as Jesus was the eternal Son of God.  We could never have figured out how to make him so, but God could, and did.  Every Christmas, we remember Jesus, but we worship Christ. We think of the babe of Bethlehem, but we give ourselves to the Holy One of heaven.  Church pagents give us joy, but it is Christ’s presence that gives us salvation.  Mary’s anticipation is our hope.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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