Text: Luke 2:25-40, John 2:1-10, Luke 1:39-45
What if you knew your child’s future before he was even born? Profession, impact, how it would all end?
Mary knew this about Jesus. Not exactly, but closer than any other mother ever would about a child she carried and raised. She knew the scriptures; she saw her own life change as she accepted the role of His mother. She was told by Simeon, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34-35 NIV)
Mary knew her perfect firstborn would always be treated differently. How do you prepare a child for that, even among His own siblings who took years to believe who He was? (Mark 3:20-21) Their own people would both adore and hate Him. How her heart must have ached as she watched His break for others. How did Mary try to prepare Him for a life that no earthly person can fully comprehend?
We don’t see a lot of Jesus’ childhood played out in the Bible. There isn’t much from Mary herself after Jesus steps into His own role and out from under her wing.
She is always there. Watching, trying to help, following Him, trusting in his abilities.
“When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:3-5 NIV)
How many times does the toddler He was flash before her eyes in place of the man standing before her? Did she ever beg God to spare Him?
I can’t imagine it never crossed her mind. But Mary was always faithful to the promise she made about being the Lord’s servant. Unwavering, even when it meant her own life was made more difficult.
As her cousin, Elizabeth (whose own son would endure trials on behalf of loving Jesus), told her:
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45 NIV)