Memories – Luke 2

            Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion” is a very heart-wrenching portrayal of Jesus death. Within it though, are some moments that, as a mother, I love. They all show Mary remembering scenes from Jesus lifetime, as a child, her child, as a young man, her son. Those moments in the midst of the painful experience of watching her Son die, are precious.

            In Luke 2 we read the familiar story of Jesus’ birth as well as much of we know about His life prior to the start of His public ministry. It begins with the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the birth, the angels, the shepherds, and the section concludes with verse 19: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Today she would have scrapbooked all of it or put together a photo-collage on Facebook or Instagram.

            Then the 40 days for purification were completed and they took Jesus to Jerusalem to make the required offering for the firstborn. In the temple they met Simeon, and old man of God, a prophet, who took Jesus in his arms and makes a proclamation about Him. Verse 33 says, “The Child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about Him.” Then Simeon turned to Mary, “This Child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be assign that will be spoke against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (vs 34-35)

            At twelve years old Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover. When Mary and Joseph set out in the caravan to return home, they assumed Jesus was with some other relatives of friends in the group. When evening came and they all made camp, Jesus was nowhere to be found. So Joseph and Mary went back and searched for Him in Jerusalem. They finally found Him in the temple listening to and questioning, and amazing, the religious teachers. When questioned He replied, “Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s House.” (vs 49) So they all went back home. “But His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” (vs 51)

            Mary remembered; she treasured those memories. Do you remember all the blessings God has given you? Do you remember all the difficult times He’s brought you through? Do you remember that day, that moment, that you gave your life to Him? Treasure those memories and ponder them, think about them, thank God for them.

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