“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” Luke 8:21
In Isaiah 7, Ahaz discounts the prophetic, displays contempt unwilling to believe God. In Luke 1, Mary embraces the power of God and believes God’s promises. God chose a resident of His holy mountain to be the new Eve. As His devoted follower, Mary experienced God on repeated occasions. The Savior’s name, “Immanuel” is not only the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy but the experience of the devoted Old Testament saint, Mary experienced the “Immanuel” God throughout her young life.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus offers us an invitation to His family? Do you want to be as close to Jesus as Mary? Do you want to be a part of a new family where you can call yourself a brother or sister of Jesus?
Some people think Mary sinned after nine months of carrying Immanuel and 30 years of living with Him. How could anyone transgress after those experiences? Joseph and Mary modeled their marriage after Jesus family in heaven. Do you think Mary and Joseph had other children after the Son of God was born? The apostles were changed men after spending three years with Jesus. Can you imagine living 30 years with Immanuel? For Mary and Joseph, “WWJD” was more than a saying. Nothing is impossible with God. Think of that statement for a moment. If you lived with Jesus for 30 years (like Joseph and Mary) can you imagine your prayer life?
Being a member of Jesus’ family means doing His will TOGETHER. Today’s Psalm puts it perfectly:
I rejoiced because they said to me (Salvation is always PERSONAL)
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.” (Salvation is always is in the WE)
We have set foot within your gates, O Jerusalem. (Salvation is always SPATIAL).
Can you imagine the drama of your first day in heaven’s worship?
It will still be personal. But standing next to you will be Mary, the Mother of God, King David and all of the men and women in your spiritual genealogy.
It’s time for me to rejoice!