Christmas Devotionals – 12/17

By Jason Phillips
Luke 1:26-38

In this passage, we find Mary in a very precarious position. Gabriel tells Mary, a virgin, that she will conceive a child who will be God in the flesh and rule the world for eternity. While shocking, what might be even more surprising is Mary’s response to his proclamation. She simply says “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
Mary’s decision would likely call her character into question and severely complicate her life, but that’s not what she was concerned about. Mary understood that she could not choose to be obedient based on possible life repercussions. She knew there would be negative reactions and questions, but they were of no importance compared to her desire to be obedient to God.
When we look at the life of Jesus, this idea is perfected. Jesus obediently left His heavenly home to be humbly born in a manger. He was tempted and tried, but did not sin. In the end, He sacrificially gave His life on the cross as a ransom for many. None of this sounds ideal for our precious Savior, but He valued His obedience to the Father over His comfort.
As we look toward Christmas day, let us not forget the obedience of Mary and Jesus. God probably isn’t asking you to carry His Son or sacrificially die, but he WILL ask us to respond in obedience in other ways this holiday season. It might be to go out of your way to serve your difficult-to-love family. It might be to forgive someone who has wronged you. It might be to donate your time or money to a local charity. So, what is it for you? Take time today to ask God how you can respond in obedience to His Word, regardless of the cost.