Tag Archives: Mary

Throwback Thursday: The Grinch Who Tried to Steal Christmas

THE GRINCH WHO TRIED TO STEAL CHRISTMAS

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Matt. 2:13 (NKJV)

He was much worse than the Grinch. He wasn’t green, and he didn’t have a dog named Max. He didn’t dress up like Santa to steal the Christmas gifts, decorations and roast beef from the folks of Whoville. He was an angry king who would stop at nothing to protect his title, even to the point of killing all the male children up to the age of two years. All of this was done in an attempt to kill the young Child, Jesus.

As always, God intervened, and Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus, and flee to Egypt. Our Savior, Jesus, was…saved. His life was spared so that one day, He could give it up on a cross in order to save us.

This is a perfect picture of God’s providence at work, and it is at work in the life of every believer. Christian, you are safe and secure in the hands of God. “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day” (John 6:39).

Friend, are you insecure about your salvation? Perhaps, you know without a doubt that you are not saved. This Baby that was born in a manger came into this world for one reason – to pay the sin debt for all who will believe. He was virgin born. He was fully God and fully Man. When you wholeheartedly trust Him, He will save you. That is the real gift of Christmas.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for coming to earth only to die for my sins. Forgive me, and cleanse me from all my sin. Help me to live for You and not myself. I trust You as my Savior, Lord, and soon coming King. Amen.

DIG DEEPER
Read rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, John 10:28, 1 John 1:9.

HIKING THE TRAIL
Make sure you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If so, praise Him for His birth and His death on the cross. Tell others about Jesus!

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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The Outcast Who Wasn’t an Outcast

 

THE OUTCAST WHO WASN’T AN OUTCAST

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.

The virgin’s name was Mary.

Luke 1:26-27 NKJV

 

Among the women in the family of Jesus Christ, Mary appears to be the only one without a bad reputation. When we compare Mary to Rahab the harlot or Ruth the Moabite, she shines above the rest, but this was not always the case.

We perceive Mary from this side of the cross, but when Mary was pregnant with the Messiah, many considered her an outcast. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the outcast who really wasn’t an outcast.

We view Mary as the highly favored one, but her critics were less than favorable. An unmarried pregnant teen barely turns heads in our society. Just decades ago, she would be the black sheep of the family, but in Mary’s day, it was an ultimate disgrace.

Scripture doesn’t shed light on the glaring stares and name-calling young Mary endured. Ridicule ran rampant.

Joseph wanted to divorce Mary, which was the only legal way to end a betrothal. A divine messenger appeared to Joseph and revealed the truth: Mary was a virgin. Mary had not been a sinful outcast, but an obedient saint.

When God extends a great calling, it comes with great criticism. God never said it would be easy.

How did Mary deal with the biting whispers of others? She found peace in the home of her relative, Elizabeth. She surrounded herself with “those who celebrated her rather than those who tolerated her.”*

Mary demonstrated courage for the challenges ahead. As women and moms, do we possess courage in our spiritual walk?

Mary displayed strong faith. This young teen never doubted God for one second. We all need to grow in the faith department. Yes, all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed, but is it genuine? Is it Faith that never fails? Is it faith void of fear?

At the foot of the cross, God bestowed tremendous strength upon the grieving Mary. She held it together. She didn’t have a meltdown. We can look at Mary’s composure and see the evidence of God’s mighty hand.

 

Friend, have you been wrongly judged? Have you felt out of place? God pours out the same blessings upon all His children, not just Mary. He still extends courage, faith, and strength.

Can we exemplify the same qualities found in this most blessed of all women? Seek for the faith that moves mountains. Stand boldly in the strength of the Lord.

Heavenly Father, help us demonstrate the courage, faith, and strength You gave Mary. Help us tap into the gifts You have given us to accomplish mighty deeds. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 1:26-45.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What gave Mary the courage to face such an enormous task? How could you exercise more courage, faith, and strength in your life?

*Original source unknown, but I have heard this quote from the wise lips of Kathy Crabb Hannah.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.