Mary the mother of Jesus has a grandiose aura around her. She is depicted as the woman who was chosen for the biggest blessing in history. Some versions of the Bible even call her favored or full of grace. On the surface, Mary does look blessed indeed, having a major role in the stage-play of the life of Jesus. In delving deeper, however, I cannot help but see a different side to the story.
It’s no secret that Jesus was born in a stable. The most powerful being on earth (God) could have had Jesus born in the most pleasant of circumstances. It could have been the most prestigious situation in all of history. He is God after all, Maker of the stars. He could have, but He didn’t. That leads me to my question and my attempt at an answer: why?
Mary was an ordinary girl, from an ordinary town. She was chosen for many reasons that we do not know, and if I were to list why I think she was chosen, it would be speculation, not truth. Mary aside, we turn to the next character, Joseph. A pretty down to earth guy, making tables and chairs for a living. Not a bad career. He seems to be able to support a soon-to-be wife and her unborn child. He was also chosen to be the earthly father of Jesus, for reasons we do not know.
Two ordinary people, extremely confused about their situation in which they seemed to be thrown into without asking for. To top it off, after Mary shared the news with her family, she left home to stay with her aunt because her family had trouble accepting the situation of her un-wed pregnancy. Sounds like a rough situation from the start.
Fast forward all that to the night Jesus was born in a stable, and we have the whole story. Why did it have to be so hard? Surely God loved Jesus a lot. We know and believe that. So, my question of why must be based in the fact that God loved Jesus. He wanted the best for Him….OR maybe He denied the best for His Son, because He wanted the best for us instead?
Face it: If Jesus were born in the Hyatt, with the best doctor in town, CNN covering the story, and a lifetime supply of free Pampers for the “Messiah,” do you think many people would approach Him? Would you believe this Baby was born to serve if He were served from the start? I don’t know about you, but my answer is a fast NO!! I would never even dream of meeting a celebrity or feeling comfortable being myself around him, and celebrities are human like me.
The Messiah is much, much higher than those celebrities will ever be, and yet I can be myself around Him. He hears me when I speak, and He knows my faults, my favorite color, what makes me smile, what I want for Christmas, and so much more. He is the most intimate person I will ever know. I can think a conversation with Him (also known as prayer), and He actually hears me.
Because I’m important? No! Because He cares about me, and I know Him. I approached Him when I was a little girl in need of a Savior. I asked Him to come into my heart. A six-year-old girl talking to the Messiah? Yes, because a long, long time ago, that Messiah was born into the simplest of circumstances and endured the harshest life of anyone on earth. I know that because the Bible says that Jesus understands our infirmities because He underwent all of them, yet without sinning.
The Bible also says that Jesus had no place to rest His head. (That’s code for homeless!) Jesus couldn’t be born for the wealthy only. He was born for everybody: even the homeless and the kicked-out-of-their-house and the ones who hold a job barely good enough for their soon-to-be-wife and unborn child. Jesus came for everyone and in order for Him to be understood by everyone, He had to undergo their struggles first.
So, to answer the question, why? Because that’s how much God loves you.
“For even the Son of man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45 (NLT)
~ Miss Q