As the darkness of night fell, the stars seemed to shine with an unparalleled brilliance. An infant’s first cries pierced through the darkness as they rolled over the hills. A precious new mother holding her highly anticipated child, the tears of relief from the pains of birth that overwhelmed her body streamed down her flushed face. An infant with the heartbeat of the Creator, a promised Savior, cradled in the straw of a manger.
Sometimes we forget that Jesus was Mary’s Savior as well. Her body may have brought Christ into the world, but it didn’t remove the fact that she needed to be rescued from the grip of sin. The woman who carried the Redeemer would need the ransom paid for her life, just like ours.
Mary’s life was modest and plain. To many, she would not have been what they deemed as usable by God. Yet, God chose her for one of the most important tasks in His plan; to safely give birth to the Savior of the world. No pressure.
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:28-32)
Her life was altered in more ways than one by the tiny baby in her womb. Mary was one of many women whose lives would never be the same because our Deliverer was delivered into the world. Women plagued with sickness, sin, and demons, multitudes became whole, forgiven, and healed by the hand of Jesus.
Without the birth of Christ, their lives would have remained unchanged.
Mary, who carried our Savior, needed a Redeemer.
Elisabeth, who carried the one who would proclaim the way, needed a Rescuer.
The woman at the well, whose life was overcome with shame, needed a life-changing encounter.
Mary Magdalene, who was filled with demons, needed to be set free.
The adulterous woman, who was sentenced to death, needed God to draw a line in the sand.
Even Eve needed Jesus to right every wrong.
As for me whose sins are many, I need a mighty Savior.
It is easy at Christmas to get wrapped up in the decorations, parties, and glowing lights, and forget that it is so much more. The beauty of seeing it through the eyes of the women in Scripture is that we get a glimpse of the purpose of Christ’s coming. It stretches past the light of Christmas into the expanse of eternity.
We don’t celebrate only to decorate a tree; we celebrate because He came to save.
The birth of Christ is a part of each of our stories, it is the right to our every wrong, and the answer to our greatest need. Christmas is more than simply looking at a manger. We rejoice not simply for a baby, but for a Savior.
Jesus grew into a man who would die on a wooden, splintered cross to save the very ones whose sin placed Him there. Luke 19:10 declares, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Jesus came looking for us; He came with the purpose of saving and restoring us. It didn’t end with the women of the Bible; the redemption continues with us and future generations.
Through her eyes and ours, Christmas is the beginning of hope. It is the evidence of God’s plan coming into place to redeem His children.