Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

Take the Time to Treasure Christ

December 8, 2018

Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19

Mary stored up all that had been revealed to her about Jesus. She added up what was said to her by the angel Gabriel, and then Elizabeth, and now the shepherds.

The angel said of the child to be born: He is “the Son of God.” Elizabeth, speaking by the Holy Spirit, called him “my Lord.” Now the shepherds report an announcement from heaven that the one born to Mary is “a Savior.”

Mary puts these things together. She adds them up. She looks at the child: Son of God! Lord! Savior! One testimony added to another, each one confirming and expanding what had been revealed before. Mary treasured up these things, and she pondered them in her heart. She stored up all she had come to know about Jesus. He is Lord and he is Savior.

Mary pondered what it would mean for this child to be her Lord and her Savior. That’s how faith is born and that’s how it is nurtured. You trace out the implications of what has been made known about Jesus.

I have a Savior. That means I have hope. It means I can have peace. It means that my sins and failings are not the end. There is forgiveness for me. There is rescue for me. There is hope for me in Jesus Christ.

I have a Lord. That means I am not my own. I am not here to fritter my life away doing my own thing. God has a purpose for my life, and I am accountable to him to fulfill it. There is purpose for me in Jesus Christ.

Take some time to treasure up and ponder what it means for Christ to be your Lord and your Savior.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



Explore this topic further

When You Grasp What God Has Done for You

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV) Peter does not say, “You should be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” He...

Read Post

Angels Long for This

The prophets… searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV) Since the beginning of time God...

Read Post

When You Suffer

You may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith… may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV) Your faith has far more value than a Rembrandt painting....

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Momentum

Pursuing God's Blessings Through The Beatitudes

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.