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Sunday, December 19, 2010

ROMANS - A Son is Born




I’m sure that a young girl, so many years ago, felt all of these things. She was nearing the time when she would give birth to her first child. A child, a blessed boy – because God had told her she would give birth to a son.
She was very excited.

Such delightful anticipation.

And yet, she didn’t know what to expect. What would it be like? Long and painful, of that she was sure – could she do it? And where exactly would she give birth? She hoped it would be at a nice inn, with warm and light-filled surroundings. So much she couldn’t know yet.

Such disturbing anxiety.

And oh…the most amazing thing of all. This wasn’t just a child – it was The Child – the Son of God. The Messiah – the Savior that her people had waited for, longed for, hoped for. The answer to their suffering – the Deliverer was coming to earth.

Such dramatic awe.

Mary – a young girl on the verge of being the vessel through whom God would save the world.

What joy she must have felt – and yet – what pain.

For her son was destined to die.

He was the first baby ever born for the specific purpose of sacrificing His life. Could Mary have anticipated the grief she would feel at the foot of the cross – seeing her Savior, seeing her son, dying a horrible death? Did she know He was dying for her?

Another parent felt joy at the birth of this child. And yet, He felt pain too.

God the Father sent His Son to be born into a dark and fallen world. It was His plan from time immemorial. It was His decision, it was His directive. And yet, one can only imagine the depth of God’s pain.

HE KNEW the true ugliness of sin.
HE KNEW the temptations, the sorrows, the suffering, the persecutions of this earthly realm.
HE KNEW a day was coming when He would have to turn His back on His ONLY Son - a perfect Son.
HE KNEW His Son would die – darkened by the stain of sin.
HE KNEW an agony that none of us will ever know.

But still, He sent His Son – right into Enemy Territory – right to the front lines.
He sent Him…

Because…of us.

Today’s “Bible Pick ‘Ems” comes from the book of Romans.

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time…God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:6, 8)

Paul writes to his fellow believers in Rome – and to us, too – teaching and reminding us of the grand truth about Jesus Christ. Because of Him, we have entered into a place of undeserved privilege. We have been declared NOT GUILTY. Through Him, we have been drawn close to the Almighty God – we have become His children, we have become His friends.

We were weak and helpless – unable to do anything on our own to save ourselves. Someone had to come and rescue us.

God counted the cost of sending His Son to be born on this earth. And He declared it worth it.

Some thirty-three years later, Jesus made the same decision – and offered His life as a sacrifice for us. How incredibly blessed we are!

At just the right time, in just the right place, for the most “right” purpose of all – a young woman named Mary gave birth to the only Savior who could save us. A Savior who understood our weaknesses. A Savior who loved sinners just like His Father did – unconditionally and completely.

A Savior who was born – to die.

For us…

“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” (Romans 5:11)

“When in doubt, search God out!”


  1. Amen to that, Sharon, you summed it up so well! So thankful God was willing to give us his son, Jesus!

    enjoy your wet Sunday :)


  2. Hi Sharon,

    As I read your post I thought about something which I've never considered before. Mary gave birth to her first child with no family around to support her. For a young woman, it seems uniquely different for that culture and time. That to me would certainly add anxiety to Mary.

    I remember when my wife gave birth to our first child, her mother was there to help and encourage her. I felt so helpless, not knowing what to say or do.

    In Mary's case, God was with her, she was not alone.

    I'll never know her innermost thoughts, but Mary gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Jesus Christ; without medical care or complications.

    A Son is born! Amen to that!

    Blessings and peace.


  3. I have wondered about how Mary must have
    felt. She was so very young and knew she
    had to bear such an awesome responsibility.
    She was truly the chosen among women and
    I am grateful for her labor of love and
    God's perfect plan for her life and ours.
    Christmas blessings,

  4. Beautiful post!!

    Wishing you an awe-filled Christmas.


  5. Betty - A willing Father, an obedient Son - the key to our Salvation. I am grateful beyond words for this tremendous GIFT. Definitely the BEST one under the tree. (SICK of the rain, my friend...and it looks like the same for ALL next week! BAH HUMBUG!)

    MTJ - I just felt something about Mary - her loneliness and fear. Yes, it must have been hard to give birth without her family or friends around. And think, did Joseph feel like you did? Excited, scared, helpless, proud? Of course, neither of them were alone, as you said, GOD was there. I have a feeling that His Spirit was with them in a VERY powerful way that night, don't you? Protecting and upholding them, bringing Jesus SAFELY into this world. We're so blessed...

    Sandy - Mary was someone special, because God chose her for this singular event. The Bible says she had "found favor with God." Sometimes I wonder why - I think it says something about her humble spirit, and the way she believed in her God. Because of her faithful obedience, God's perfect plan came to pass. I hope that I can be like her - I want to "find favor with God" too!

    Lyn - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I'm thinking more about Christmas this year - really concentrating on some of the "backstory" that is "in between the lines" of Scripture. It just makes me more in awe of how blessed we are - and how God moved in the lives of so many people to work out His plan of salvation.

    A very Merry Christmas to you all - come back soon!


  6. What a beautiful reminder of this season, wrapped in His love.

    Have a joy filled, love overflow Christmas,

  7. Sarah - Thanks for stopping by. I AM overflowing this Christmas season with the knowledge of God's presence, and His blessings. And most of all, I am grateful for a Savior who counted the cost, and declared me worth it! Aren't you?!
    (p.s. Went over to visit your blog - really enjoyed the artichoke dip!! It's my pleasure to follow you on this journey we call life!)



"So I have been greatly encouraged in the midst of my troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives me new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How I thank God for you!"
(1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

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