Tonight we will be performing our Christmas Musical. The guidance for the play primarily comes from the Gospel of Luke. Luke gives the most detailed description of the events surrounding the birth of our Lord. So it is only natural that his account of the Christmas story is read by more families and acted out by more churches this time of year than any of the other three gospels. Something I really enjoy in Luke’s recalling is the attention he gives Mary. Only Luke records the prayer and praise to God by Mary. We often hear Mary’s youth highlighted in the Christmas story, but Luke never portrays hers as a frightened young girl. Even when the angel Gabriel appeared to her, the Bible says she was troubled, not afraid but perplexed. His greeting confused her somewhat but did not cause fear. The shepherds were not as calm. The angel of the Lord came to them, and the Bible describes their reaction as being terrified. When I read about Mary in Luke chapters one and two, I can only picture a God fearing, obedient woman, willing to trust God and take on an assignment no woman could ever be prepared to accept regardless of her age.
I believe God does something extraordinary for women to prepare them for their babies. First, it is crazy, no, miraculous how God changes a woman’s body during pregnancy. When Jesus says, I am the vine and you are the branches,,, apart from me you could do nothing, is there a more spot on example in nature than a fetus attached to his mother in the womb? Next, not only does God mold the physical body, but eating habits, emotions, and desires change also. God goes to work on the body and mind to prepare an expecting mother. She no longer sees herself as an individual. She has become two, and she knows this is no equal partnership. She has all the responsibility. The life of that baby is literally in her hands. Every decision she makes involves her child. She can go nowhere without her child. A bad decision for her puts her child at risk. She is the leader, the guide, the example setter. The baby is held at the will of the mother. Moms, I salute you. Mary, I thank you, for the care and love you gave your child. Although He is Lord of all, He was also a baby of one.
Men, we will never know or understand the mind of an expecting mother, but we can all experience the vulnerability of a child in the womb. Mary’s baby, born on Christmas day, Jesus Christ the Savior of the world, has asked us all to give up control. If we are willing to trust Him with everything in our lives, like a baby has to trust his mother, He promises that our rebirth will be the most miraculous event in our life. Unlike a woman that can never be fully prepared for a baby, Jesus has completed all the preparations for every life to be everlasting.