Marvel, Wonder, Be Astonished!

From Lynda Lindsey 

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.  Psalm 29:10-11

An angel speaking to Mary about Jesus’ birth: 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 the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. Luke 1:32-33

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

The Lord God, both exalted mighty King and humble peaceful Shepherd, rules and reigns forever. No coup, no revolt, no rebellion can topple His throne, unseat Him, or usurp His power. God, holy and exalted, powerful and majestic, Creator and Maker of all, is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. The power that unleashed the flood of God’s righteous anger, unmaking what was made, is the same power that strengthens those who bow the knee to Him; He grants grace, forgiveness and peace to those who call Him Lord. The Shepherd King nurtures and comforts us. Jesus gently and kindly shelters and protects us; in Him we are made strong and secure.

Mary, young, perhaps poor, pledged to be married, still a virgin, a descendant of David, highly favored by God, chosen to mother the Son of God. Mary, giving birth just as it was foretold, cradling the Savor of the world in her arms. No wonder Mary and Joseph marveled at the words spoken by Simeon and Anna at Jesus’ consecration! Under the earthly tutelage of Mary and Joseph, Jesus grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him. And Mary must have continued to marvel; just so do we.

Marvel. Wonder. Be astonished. The ancient story, retold each year, continues to astonish. Jesus, Messiah, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, born in a barn in the middle of a city teeming with crowds such that all the inns were full. Jesus, Messiah, growing, learning, wielding a hammer in Joseph’s workshop, dealing with siblings, perhaps interacting with dissatisfied, grumpy customers. The holy in the midst of the ordinary. That’s the marvel, the wonder. That’s the astonishing miracle! That Jesus, Messiah, the only name by which we may be saved, shed His blood for us, arresting our enmity with God, thereby reconciling us to God. The holy in the midst of the ordinary. Like Mary, ponder these things deeply within the heart. Marvel, wonder, and be astonished!