It’s Christmas time. Angels are real, and Mary is an eyewitness. The angel Gabriel spoke to her. She knew the angel’s word pointed to a landmark event, but she couldn’t have comprehended how significant that event would be. The Eternal Word was planted into human flesh to become everything the first Adam was meant to be – and more. Literally, another genesis was breaking into this world through her own body. Only this time God wouldn’t breathe into dust to create mortal flesh; He would breathe into flesh to create immortal beings who, appearing like all others, were nonetheless unlike anything before. The new creation was planted within her, and the world would never be the same.
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His Kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32-33)
Gabriel did at least tell her that she was carrying a King within her. The everlasting throne promised to David long ago would be given to the life growing in her womb. All those questions the scribes and teachers had debated – how the throne that was never to depart from David had seemed to depart centuries earlier, and how could a promise of God prove untrue? – were now being resolved in the womb of an unknown peasant girl. God had accomplished greatness through a shepherd-turned-king centuries earlier, and now that king’s reign was being fulfilled in an even more unassuming vessel.
That should be a profound encouragement to all ordinary vessels like us – jars of clay or earthen pots, as the Apostle Paul would later refer to us. Like Mary, we contain treasure. We are outwardly mortal in a Kingdom that the mortal cannot inherit. But inwardly, we are Christ’s heirs forever, inextinguishable by mere death. Planted as earthly seeds, we grow into heavenly beings – not just long-lasting but incorruptible – and bring heaven to earth through our lives. Let’s Live As Mary, fully aware that a Messiah is within us. The eternal Kingdom is forming among us.
Have a purposeful weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who make themselves available to God, for His use, as He desires for they know that only then all of their desires will be met.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)