Mary • Devotion #5: The Powerful Birth Story
Have you ever noticed that when you are in the presence of a group of women, and one of them is pregnant, the bulk of the conversation surrounds one’s birth experience? Details of due dates, choice of hospital, the method of induction, labor, and dilation are just some of the topics and stories being shared. Some women will write down their birth story, while others will blog or scrapbook all about the experience.
I was asked to contribute to this book just two days after my third grandchild was born. My son and daughter-in-law had just experienced first-hand, one of life’s most powerful experiences. It is a memory they have captured and will tell for many years to come.
Luke 2:1-7 says, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
I read Luke 2:1-7 in several different Bible translations and most translations have titled this passage as, “The Birth of Christ” yet there were not many facts that made it much of a story. I wanted details. How did pregnant Mary survive the 60 plus mile donkey ride? Did her water break? How long did she labor? Luke does not awe us with stories of booming fireworks in the sky and does not make mention of God’s mighty hand at work. Instead, he seems to share more on the Emperor and the governor of Syria. It is basically the powerful showing off their power while Joseph and Mary appear to be left quite powerless. But let us not miss the significance and power of Luke’s account. What we think is a frightful and sad birth story is truly a delightful and humble circumstance of God’s powerful redemption plan.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 1:12-13 adds, “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
If you have been born again, you have a birth story to share. Do not underestimate the power of your story that can point people to God’s bigger story; the story of the Gospel of Christ which is the greatest and most powerful story ever told.