Mary’s Magnificent Meditations
2/16 Reading Portions: Genesis 49; Luke 2; Job 15; 1 Corinthians 3
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19
Since Mary had been visited personally by the angel Gabriel, had heard the wonderful praise and prophecy from the lips of her cousin, Elizabeth, and even uttered blessed prophesies herself, she continued to hide the events in her heart and pondered them.
Gospel truth, like priceless treasure, must be hidden in the vaults of our hearts, stored under lock and key as it were, so it cannot be stolen. Yet, it must not be stored there simply for safe keeping. It is kept in the vault of our hearts so we may often retire to the vault, open wide its huge door, and gaze upon the value of its riches, ponder upon the glories of its eternal value, and meditate upon the majesty of its grace.
Too often, our flesh desires to stray from the truth of the cross; and what I mean by this is everything the cross has affected in our lives— even the personal experience of our own salvation— for quite often, we shut it away, as if never to think upon it again. When we consider the cross of Christ, what the Lord Jesus has done by its biblical and doctrinal truths, it is a blessed thing indeed. Yet, to keep those doctrines at a distance, as mere theological facts, dishonors the gospel and its effectual grace. Jesus is more than a proposition to be believed. The Lord Jesus Christ is a person to be adored, worshiped, and yes, enjoyed.
Jesus is our desire. He is the strength of our heart and our portion forever (Psa 73:25-26). To not ponder all these things would be as wrong as rotting flesh. The truths of gospel redemption in Christ apart from the reality of our gospel relationship with Christ will make us cold and judgmental rather than compassionate and full of joy. Jesus said,
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11
There’s beauty in the blessed things
Of gospel truth in Christ;
Its meditations often bring
God’s love beyond all price.
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