A Prelude to the Savior: Four Weeks of Christmas Meditations for You and Your Hubby.
Week One: God will Provide a Lamb
Week Two: Visions of the Coming King
Week Three: Prepare the Way!
Week Four: The Lord is with You!
Welcome to week four of our devotional series, A Prelude to the Savior! I hope that you and your love have beheld the breathtaking plan of God spoken of throughout the ages; Jesus the Messiah! His birth was foretold and His death purposed in eternity. In Him, we have forever!
Open your Bibles to Luke Chapter 1, settle in and let the reality of His presence absorb you.
Hubby, read Luke 1: 26-55 aloud to your wife.
Delight in Luke 1: 49-50 For He who is mighty has done great things for me and His holy name. And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation!
Setting the Scene: In the eyes of the world, Mary was a young girl like many others. She was living at Nazareth in Galilee and was preparing for her marriage to Joseph, a carpenter by trade. In Mary’s life, things were moving along as planned. She served her Lord God faithfully just as she’d been taught, and she cherished His laws within her heart. Someday, she and Joseph would have a family of their own and together, they would continue to honor the Lord.
But God had other plans and in His eyes Mary wasn’t just any young lady.
One day, the angel Gabriel visited Mary. He appeared before the unsuspecting girl and announced that she was to nurture the very Son of God within her womb. She would give human life to the Son of the Most High God!
Imagine her absolute astonishment when she began to fathom that the actualization of countless prophecies about a coming Messiah would be fulfilled through her virgin womb! Imagine the elation she felt at the thought of Yahweh entrusting her with the care of His only begotten Son!
Me? The mother of my Lord? I’m not a King’s daughter! I’m not affluent, powerful or prestigious. I’m not scholarly, gifted or special. I’m just me. Who am I that I should be this blessed?
But, Mary, you love Me. You are devoted to Me, Mary. Your heart is inclined to My statutes, your ears to My words. I love you and this blessing I bestow upon you that you should be remembered for generations to come as the mother of my Son!
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
I am so challenged by Mary’s faith. Gabriel interrupted her life with a major game changer. Everything she considered safe, predictable and comfortable was pulled out from underneath her and replaced by an outrageous plan that almost no one would ever even believe. Seriously, a virgin birth? Mom to the Messiah? How would she tell Joseph? He would think she was crazy. He would want to stone her for infidelity.
Mary knew, at least in part, what she was facing. There would be mockery, ridicule, chastisement and alienation. The road would be hard. But she counted herself blessed in spite of it all because for her, seeing God’s will fulfilled in her life was paramount. The joy would overtake the pain. The purpose would master her suffering.
Mary accepted God’s divine plan with a joy that causes me to want to open my own heart to whatever God may have for my future, the future of my marriage as well as that of my children. I want to accept by faith what seems impossible in the flesh. I want to follow God’s calling in spite of any potential discomfort.
Mary was chosen and blessed among women. She brought forth the Savior incarnate! Her obedience and joy in the journey earned her a place in history both eternal and temporal.
In the prelude to our Savior, Mary was a melodious instrument in the hands of God.
Because of her, the Lord is now with us!
Talk it through:
What is Mary’s most endearing character trait? Why?
Why do you think God chose someone like Mary to raise Jesus?
Discuss some of the challenges and joys Mary faced raising the Son of God.
What has God called you and your spouse to do that you feel inadequate to accomplish?
Are you and your beloved prepared to handle a divine interruption in your lives? How willing are you to follow His plan?
Couple’s Christmas Challenge:
Together, kneel before the Lord. Thank Him for all of the amazing blessings He has given you. Now, thank Him for the hardships too. Ask the Lord to reveal an area where you and your spouse are withholding your hearts from conforming to His will. As He reveals, this week, (or in His perfect timing) begin stepping out in faithful obedience to His call on your marriage! Remember, you two are one flesh and His plan encompasses a purpose for both of you!
Do you know that we are still living in the Prelude to the Savior? That’s right! He is coming again in glory! Take the Revelation challenge (Revelation 1:3). This week, set aside an evening when you and your spouse can sit together and read it aloud in its entirety! Be blessed!
Lord, thank you for using the humble things of this world to accomplish your will! Thank you for the obedience, loyalty and faith of Mary who has been an example for generations of men, women, mothers and wives! Father, help us to obey you no matter what it costs us. For your glory is greater than our comfort and your purposes higher that our understanding. God, thank you for Jesus and help the world to look upon Christmas Day as the most glorious day of the year; the birthday of our Lord!