Life is Wonderful
God took the time to design each of us, like a potter molds a lump of clay. We were nothing, and yet, in the secret place, He brought us forth each day, creating new members and diligently watching over every part of the developmental process (see Psalm 139: 13-16). Life matters because, in all its forms, it is far too wonderful not to appreciate it.
God, intimately aware of us, reads us like an open book. Before a thought comes alive, He knows it, and yet He chose us (see Psalm 139: 1-4).
Life is wonderful because its beauty is incomprehensible.
God knew us before we ever existed, predestined our journeys (see Ephesians 2:10), and His desires and heart pleasure towards us are more than the grains of sand on every shore (see Psalm 139:17-18).
So, let’s look at the life of Jesus and discover the beauty of our existence in Him.
A Virgin Shall Conceive
Clueless that she was the virgin mentioned in Isaiah 7:14, Mary was stunned when the angel Gabriel (in the form of a man) said to her:
“Grace to you, young woman, for the Lord is with you, and you are anointed with great favor.” (Luke 1:28)
Rightly so, Mary became afraid since she couldn’t understand what the words meant. Suddenly, her whole life had shifted (see Luke 1:29).
Little did she know at the time that it was for the better.
“So, the angel reassured her, saying ‘do not yield to fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift.” (Luke 1:30)
What was this wonderful gift?
“The birth of a baby boy, whose name would be Jesus. He would be known as the Son of God, and be great, and to Him would God give the throne of His father David.” (Luke 1:31-32)
God promised David to raise up seed from his lineage, and “establish his line forever, and make his throne firm through all generations.” (Psalm 89:4)
Moreover, the conception of Jesus revealed God’s faithfulness to “help His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy; as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.” (Luke 1:54-55)
The beauty, however, is that when Mary uttered the words: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38), cosmic changes occurred.
At that precise moment, the promise of a Redeemer, the seed of the woman who would crush the head of the serpent, became a reality (see Genesis 3:15).
God With Us
Although Mary carried the LORD of Hosts in her womb, she wasn’t immune from scrutiny.
Pregnant while engaged, she faced death by stoning (see Deuteronomy 22:23-24), public disgrace, and loss of a stable future as Joseph didn’t want to marry her anymore (see Matthew 1:19).
However, she already had confirmation that the Lord was with her. God’s intervention ensured that both she and His Son would be cared for and looked after.
A Moment of Reflection
The ever-developing Jesus faced future persecution from Herod, rejection by the world, and death on a cross (see Isaiah 53).
One day, He would be led like a lamb to the slaughter. As a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so too would He make no objection to the unjust treatment (see Isaiah 53:7).
A sword would pierce Mary’s soul (see Luke 2:35). However, this is why Jesus was born, to save His people from their sins (see Matthew 1:21).
A Call to Courage
The promise God made to Mary applies to us today. Like her, we are carriers of God’s glory, Christ Jesus!
Jesus said to us: “Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them.” (John 14:23)
Moreover, the blood of Jesus washes every stain of sin away (see Ephesians 1:7). Because of this, “every promise of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Accepting Jesus as our Lord means that the God of the Universe, our Creator, will never leave us or forsake us (see Deuteronomy 31:6).
We don’t give in to fear, for we know that life matters, and it is wonderful!