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Christmas – Day 29
Then he returned with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
Then he returned with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2 is a long chapter beginning with the birth of Jesus and ending with Him as a teenager! But it says very little about Jesus’ childhood.
Luke 2 is a long chapter beginning with the birth of Jesus and ending with Him as a teenager! But it says very little about Jesus’ childhood. We know from verse 40 that He was healthy, wise and blessed. But then at the end of the chapter we read that He was obedient to His Heavenly Father in preference to His earthly parents. Mary and Joseph got extremely worried about Him when they couldn’t find Him that day travelling home with friends and family after the Passover festival in Jerusalem. Any parent would worry in the same circumstances.
But Jesus was not lost, he was doing what He was called to do, and beginning His ministry early. Then comes this last phrase quoted above, which is a challenge to us today. These are the same words as in verse 19 after the visit of the shepherds. She must have spent a lot of time thinking over the things she had “treasured in her heart”.
Mary had much to think about and was certainly “most blessed among women” as Elizabeth declared when Mary visited her before either of their babies was born (Luke 1:42).
Mary remembered all that God had said, she watched her son grow, she heard His prayers, witnessed His wisdom, and she reflected on these things in her heart. Should we as His followers not do the same?
Pray today that you can keep more of the Lord in the forefront of your heart, that His grace be your first thought in times of need. Pray that His peace be there at times of stress, that His word be always on your lips.