Thought Worth Pondering

On the twenty-fifth of December, much of the United States will close their stores, business offices will be closed and very few people will be traveling in comparison to the normal day of the week. Christmas has even provided a day off for those who reject the worship due to Christ, the Savior of the world.  The response of most today, even church attendees, is no where near like those who heard the proclamation of the birth of Christ on that first Christmas.  However, to Holy Spirit-illuminated Christians there are treasures worth pondering in their hearts.  They become like Mary, who in the midst of all the excitement, took time to ponder.  The Bible says, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) Mary “pondered” (sumballo) meaning to consider, putting one thing with another in her mind while considering the circumstances and all that has been said and then holding them in her heart.

Luke 2:19 is a beautiful picture of a humble trusting heart that is after God.  Mary had been told that her child was truly of God. The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) Both Joseph and Mary were told that they were to name the baby, conceived through the Holy Spirit, Jesus. (Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:31,35) Mary and Joseph no doubt talked about their visits from the angel with each other over the several months of her pregnancy, therefore, she knew more than anybody that baby Jesus was the Messiah, (Messias) the Christ, (Chriastos) meaning “the anointed One” or the “anointed.”

We live in a time which names mean very little or nothing.  However, Joseph and Mary lived in a time when names meant something and almost everyone knew what they meant.  I am convinced they knew why they were to name the Son of God, Jesus, (Iesous) meaning “Savior.” As a matter of fact the angel, in a dream, told Joseph that he was to give the son born to them the name “Jesus” “because he [would] save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)   This Christmas, treasure Christ’s Name!