A Mother's Treasure

A Rare Look

In the Gospel of Luke we are granted a rare view through the window into the childhood of Jesus Christ. It is after the account of Jesus, as a boy of twelve, being “misplaced” for a time in the Temple that a curious reference is found. Luke describes how, as Jesus continued to grow in the house of His parents in Nazareth, “His mother treasured all these things in her heart” (2:51, NASU). What “things” exactly were treasured by Mary as the child Jesus grew to become a man, “increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (2:52)?

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The Perfect Man for the Job

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Gal. 4:4, 5, NASU)

Paul wrote these words to the Galatians describing Jesus as being the perfect man for the mission He was sent to accomplish. There was truly no other person who could fulfill this role, and no one else can claim His position as Lord. This eternal truth is proven in four different ways by Paul.

The 'Non-Threatening' Jesus

Time of Year

This is the time of year when the largest number of people considers the person of Jesus Christ. While Easter is also a common time of such reflection, the Christmas season is still the time when many in the world, who normally give little thought to God or “religious” things, choose to return to the account of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Outlaws and Jesus Christ

An Outlaw

The term “outlaw” is commonly used today to describe someone who has broken the law of the land in some fashion and is wanted by the police. This carries a large part of the original idea that term “outlaw” once held, but years ago under English Common Law (which America emulated) this term had a slightly different meaning. Not only was such a person wanted for acting “outside the law”, but they were also “outside of the law’s protection”.

Jesus' Final Concern

Impossible Agony

One can only imagine the agony, pain, and hardship endured by Jesus Christ through His scourging and His crucifixion. To hang in the presence of numerous onlookers, slowly asphyxiating as you struggle to bear you own exhausting weight. To realize that, although many onlookers are friends or family full of pity, anguish, and despair, still some onlookers are cynically present to watch an innocent man die, or to see whether He will truly “save Himself” (Mat. 27:41ff).