Do You See What I See?

We are all pretty familiar with the Christmas song Do You Hear What I Hear made popular by Bing Crosby in 1963.

The first verse sets the theme for our church’s Advent series.

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
do you see what I see
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
do you see what I see
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

As I listened to the messages, I saw the traditional Christmas message from a new perspective. It is my hope that you will also see from a new perspective how God’s grace was evident in this Christmas story.

Do You See What I See? (Mary’s Perspective – Luke 1:26-56)

After 400 years of silence, God spoke through the Angel Gabriel, first to Zechariah (Luke 1:5-25), then, about 6 months later, to Mary. Gabriel assured Mary there was no need to be disturbed because she “found favor with God!” Then Gabriel continued with the message by telling Mary she would conceive and give birth to God’s Son. After Gabriel explained a bit more to Mary, she expressed confidence. “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (vs 38)

Tradition tells us Mary was most likely a young teenager. Apparently this was a common age for young girls to become engaged and marry. Jewish laws were very strict about premarital sex so this posed a slight problem for Mary. God had just spoken to her and soon it would be apparent that she was pregnant. Who was she going to tell? God gave Mary an out – she would visit her relative Elizabeth who also had miraculously conceived six months earlier.

Mary took off on her own to make the journey from Nazareth to the hills of Judea where Elizabeth lived about 80-100 miles away. Upon arriving, Elizabeth greeted her with open arms and said:

“God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

While spending 3 months with Elizabeth, Mary was able to reflect on what had just happened and penned what we now call “Mary’s Song” (Luke 1:46-55) and Gabriel had a time to visit Joseph.

Key point – Mary believed from the middle of her circumstances. (Luke 1:38) God not only bless Mary with this child, but He also provided for her supernaturally. (Philippians 4:19)

How do you respond to periods of God’s silence? Do you let disbelief take over your mind as Zechariah did, or to you carry on in faith as Mary did?

To be continued…

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5 responses to “Do You See What I See?

  1. Last week we took our granddaughters (ages 6 and 9) to the local library for a crafting session. As they were working on their craft, the 9 year old started signing Do you see what I see. All three older girls also there (probably ages 10 or 11) joined in. It made my day.

  2. Another great post Jerry. I pray that you and Carol have a Blessed Christmas experience God’s love and protection in the coming year. God Bless

  3. Your posts always have a calming effect. I’ll never stop wishing people a Merry Christmas…and so to you, a blessed Christmas as well!

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