Mary and the Word of God
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married) wife, who was about to become a mother. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her delivery, 7 And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and SHE WRAPPED HIM IN SWADDLING CLOTHES AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.
MARY HANDLED JESUS (THE WORD OF GOD). SHE WRAPPED HIM AND LAID HIM IN THE MANGER.
CHRISTIANS TODAY HAVE MORE ACCESS TO THE WORD OF GOD THAN EVER. WE HAVE THE WORD OF GOD IN HAND, VIA INTERNET, TV AND RADIO, YET THE MAJORITY OF CHRISTIANS DO NOT KNOW HIM.
48 And when they [Joseph and Mary] saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, Child, why have You treated us like this? Here Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You [distressed and tormented]. 49 And He said to them, How is it that you had to look for Me? Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father's house and [occupied] about My Father's business? 50 But they did not comprehend what He was saying to them.
JESUS WAS 12 YEARS OF AGE. MARY, JUST 12 SHORT YEARS EARLIER USED THE MOST ASTOUNDING WORDS OF FAITH TO SAY, "BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO THY WORD". THIS SAME MARY IS DISTRESSED AND TORMENTED BECAUSE SHE COULD NOT FIND HER SON.
WE AS CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW AS MARY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT JESUS (THE WORD) WAS WORKING. WE BECOME DISTRESSED AND TORMENTED BECAUSE WE "DO NOT SEE" THE WORD WORKING.
19 Then Jesus' mother and His brothers came along toward Him, but they could not get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was told Him, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to have an interview with You. 21 But He answered them, My mother and My brothers are those who listen to the Word of God and do it!
WERE MARY AND HER SONS LATE TO THE MEETING? A CROWD HAD ALREADY GATHERED. JESUS' MOTHER WANTED SPECIAL TREATMENT AND DEMANDED A SPECIAL INTERVIEW. MARY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO FIGHT THE CROWDS! SHE IS THE MOTHER OF JESUS! "JESUS COME OUT HERE RIGHT NOW!"
SOME CHRISTIANS DEMAND SPECIAL TREATMENT, SPECIAL SEATING OR SPECIAL RECOGNITION BECAUSE (FILL IN THE BLANK) JESUS ALLOWED NO SPECIAL TREATMENT AND NO SPECIAL INTERVIEW. HE SEES US (CHRISTIANS) THE CHILDREN THAT GOD HAS GIVEN HIM.
11 For both He Who sanctifies [making men holy] and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren; 12 For He says, I will declare Your [the Father's] name to My brethren; in the midst of the [worshiping] congregation I will sing hymns of praise to You. 13 And again He says, My trust and assured reliance and confident hope shall be fixed in Him. And yet again, Here I am, I and the children whom God has given Me.
WE ARE GOOD ENOUGH FOR JESUS AS HIS WORSHIPPING CONGREGATION. GOD WANTS US TO HAVE A CLOSE AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM ABOVE AND BEYOND ANYTHING OR ANYONE ELSE.
1 BUT ON the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices which they HAD MADE READY.
MARY PREPARED FOR THE WORD NOT TO WORK. SHE CAME PREPARED TO TAKE CARE OF THE BODY OF JESUS. THE SPICES WERE TO BE USED TO KEEP HIS DECEASED BODY FROM SMELLING.
CHRISTIANS GENERALLY MAKE ALTERNATE PLANS.JUST IN CASE.
2 And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb, 3 But when they went inside, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And while they were perplexed and wondering what to do about this, behold, two men in dazzling raiment suddenly stood beside them. 5 And as [the women] were frightened and were bowing their faces to the ground, the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among [those who are] dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen! REMEMBER HOW HE TOLD YOU while He was still in Galilee
REMEMBER THE WORD. REMEMBER HIS PROMISES SPELLED OUT IN HIS WORD. THE ANGEL TOLD MARY TO REMEMBER.
WE AS CHRISTIANS MUST MAKE AN EFFORT TO REMEMBER WHAT THE WORD SAYS SO THAT IT WILL COME OUT OF THE TOMB OF DOUBT AND RISE IN OUR HEARTS, MAKING US STRONG IN FAITH.
7 That the Son of Man must be given over into the hands of sinful men (men whose way or nature is to act in opposition to God) and be crucified and on the third day rise [from death].
8 AND THEY REMEMBERED HIS WORDS.
12 Then [the disciples] went back to Jerusalem from the hill called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, [only] a Sabbath day's journey (three-quarters of a mile) away. 13 And when they had entered [the city], they mounted [the stairs] to the upper room where they were [indefinitely] staying--Peter and John and James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas [son] of James. 14 ALL OF THESE WITH THEIR MINDS IN FULL AGREEMENT DEVOTED THEMSELVES STEADFASTLY TO PRAYER, [WAITING TOGETHER] with the women and MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS, and with His brothers.
DEVOTED AND STEADFAST, THE MOTHER OF JESUS JOINED WITH EVERYONE ELSE TO AWAIT THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER - THE HOLY SPIRIT
TIME AND LIFE WEARS AWAY AT OUR JOY, LOVE, FAITH AND COMMITMENT. LET'S PURPOSE TO BE DAILY DEVOTED AND STEADFAST IN SEEKING.JESUS THE LIVING WORD OF THE LIVING GOD.
5 My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips 6 When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches. 7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.