We call her Mary … the New Testament Greek version of her name. But the name everyone called her in her day was Miriam … the Hebrew version of her name.
It means rebellion
I find that remarkable.
God chose to bring His son into the world through a woman named Rebellion. That says a lot about God’s message of reconciliation brought through Jesus.
This teenager stood before God as Rebellion and willing agreed to His plan of redemption being birthed through her.
I’ll bet Satan never saw that coming!
In Heaven’s courts, Mary was more than a teenager
You and I were represented before God in that teenager. So was the rest of the human race.
When Miriam, er … Mary, stood before the angel messenger and said, “I am the Lord’s servant, may your Word to me be fulfilled,” she was bowing Rebellion’s will to the Lord of Heaven.
She had a choice. She could have said “no” to having a baby in a nontraditional way. She could have said “no” to feeding the gossip chain in her town of Nazareth. She could have said “no” to God’s message to her. But she didn’t.
Rebellion said “no” to rebellion.
In Heaven’s courts, Miriam was more than a teenage, she was the doorway to our freedom.
And that freedom was Jesus.
Merry Christmas! … because a teenager chose to say “yes” instead of “no.”
“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know what I mean … all of your friends would be nice.