MARY’S JOURNEY by Kathy Boecher©
This was the pinnacle of Jesus career. Mary’s heart was undoubtedly filled with pride as He preached with such authority. His words held hope for the downtrodden, comfort for the sick and dying and peace for those afflicted with anxiety and depression. He opened His mouth and it was as if God Himself was saying the words.
He spoke about the destruction of the temple and everyone thought he was talking about the building in Jerusalem, but He was referring to the destruction of His own body. He spoke of things beyond human comprehension. He spoke of a “new” life – a new heaven and earth. His compassion for all human beings, no matter what their occupation or station in life, was evident.
He wasn’t the usual religious fanatic that had come and gone at that time. He quoted scripture as if he had authored the words. His advice for living was new to most – love your enemies – do good to those who hate you. He seemed an ordinary man with extraordinary powers, but Mary knew that he was much more.
She didn’t fully comprehend His words either, but she knew that Jesus was holy – He was from God. The angel told her He would be called the Son of God. God had taken on human flesh, just like us, to be the perfect sacrifice to take away the sin of the world.
The pieces were beginning to fall into place. As he taught from the Mount of Olives, the power of his words were grabbing tightly to many hearts. His love for them was apparent. It was the love of God emanating from his voice. It was God’s voice. Mary must have realized that the name Immanuel truly did mean, God with us.