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…
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.
“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!”