Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Mary Treasured These Things in Her Heart

In Luke 2, twice we read that Mary "treasured" things about her Son in her heart. In both cases, a form of the word tereo is used. The word means to keep or guard and in Luke 2, it has a prefix added to both uses which adds emphasis. In other words, Mary kept or guarded this things about Jesus very carefully. She also refers to God as her Savior in Luke 1:47. Why do I bring this to your attention? What is so special about these two references in the Christmas story? There is another word that could be used to describe "to keep carefully." It is the word cling. A college professor of mine once told the following illustration: I want you to imagine that you are on a ship. The ship strikes something in the water and begins to sink. Before long, you are forced to jump into the sea, with nothing but the clothes you are wearing. You look around and don't see any other survivors. Soon you too, will die of drowning. Suddenly, you spot something floating towards you. It is a large plank from the ship! Here is the question: what are you going to do with that plank? Are you going to see how far you can swim from it and still make it back? Are you going to do backflips and cannonballs off of it? No! You are going to cling to that plank as if your life depended on it; because it does! This is the image Luke gives us by telling us that Mary "treasured" these things in her heart. She heard about who her Son was (God the Savior!) and she clung to those truths with everything she had! Luke wants us to respond the same way. When we hear about Jesus Christ, about His sinless life and His sacrificial death for our sins, we are to treasure those things in our heart. We are to cling to them as if our life depended on it, because it does!