Yesterday, we considered Christmas from Mary’s perspective. Rather than run from the angel’s rather startling pronouncement that she would be the mother of God’s Son, she embraced it.
Her experience as God’s humble servant is best expressed in her own song — known as The Magnificat — captured beautifully in the Gospel of Luke. Here’s an excerpt:
Imagine for a moment that you’re a rather ordinary young girl living in a rather ordinary small town. You’re doing rather ordinary things on a rather ordinary day when all of a sudden, an angel appears out of nowhere and gives you a really very incredibly extra-ordinary message: you will soon give birth to God’s Son.
How on earth would you react? Think about that as you read Mary’s story …
We’re taking a deeeeep dive into this rather provocative question: Who did Jesus say he is?
We started with these three answers: Son of Man, Son of God and Messiah.
Now we’re in the midst of eight “I am” statements Jesus made that further define who he is. The first four: the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Gate and the Good Shepherd.
Today’s “I am” is embedded in a story about a man named Lazarus.
Jesus was at a dinner at the home of a man named Simon the Leper. Other guests included Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, as well as Lazarus’ sisters Martha and Mary.
Here’s what happened:
She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Are you more Martha or Mary?