Luke 2:33-35 “And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also, so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.’” (ESV)
While in Bergan, Norway last summer, we visited a very old chapel. One of the paintings on the elevated podium showed Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the crucifixion site. She was standing by the cross and a sword was piercing her heart.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the gift of God in the birth and incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus. Certainly the arrival of every child is a joyous occasion for their parents. This gift must be celebrated more, but never without a realization of why He came. Even in His infancy, Mary and Joseph are brought face to face with the reason for His coming. He is always a reminder of how impossible it is for us to solve the problem of our sin. Our sin is a serious matter. But so is the love of God. This Son of Mary and Joseph is the gift of love God sends for sinners that we might be given the undeserved gift of forgiveness and eternal life. “Nails, Spear, shall pierce Him through, the cross be born for me, for you; hail, hail the Word made flesh, the babe the son of Mary!”