***Taken from the book The Sixth Covenant by Bodie & Brock Thoene of the A.D. Chronicles. Page 21-22
You are the Lord of All the Angel Armies from all eternity, Yosef thought, yet You rest in the arms of Your earthly mother! Look: a tiny face turned toward a mother’s breast. From before time, You chose her to carry You; to bear You in suffering; to love, protect, and care for You. What am I to learn, O Lord, from Your willingness to be vulnerable? What is the lesson, Sovereign Lord, that You trust us with the life of Your Son before we have learned to trust You with our lives? What must the eyes of my heart see in this true vision by which You reveal Your eternal attributes? What must I learn on Your first morning living among us as a human child?
The color had returned to Mary’s cheeks, Yosef noted, but she was clearly exhausted from the long night. What a failure he was in his first assignment as caretaker of the Messiah and His mother!
Yosef stammered, “I-I’m so glad, Mary. I was worried. I mean, I’m just… this is not what I intended… I’m so sorry.” He raised his arms and let them fall in a gesture of helplessness.
“It’s as it should be.” She smiled and tugged the swaddling cloth close around the baby’s face. “Always meant to be.” She motioned for Yosef to come close and grasped his hand, pulling him down beside her. “A fine stable. A night to remember! We’ll laugh about it one day when we tell the story!”
Rachel hung back and let the curtain fall, allowing a moment of privacy.
Meant to be? Was it true? Yosef wondered. Messiah born in a sheep pen?
He brushed his lips lightly over Mary’s brow. Struck by the nearness of the little one, he was overcome with awe. He reached out to touch the newborns head… then remembered who the baby was and drew back.
“Go ahead,” Mary urged.
“Babies sleep. Don’t be afraid. Touch His cheek.” She hummed as she touched the newborns face. He did not stir but seemed content. “So soft, Yosef, don’t you know? It’s why He was born. Why He chose to live with us. He’s here, like this, because you and I – everyone, I think – couldn’t imagine what He was really like.” She kissed the baby’s head. “You see it don’t you?”
Blessed are You, O Adonai! How could we approach You as You were in heaven – The Eternal Light, God’s Son – so lofty and holy and beyond ourselves! Before this day our minds could not grasp You!
Mary’s explaination tumbled out. “I’ve thought about it a lot. The why of it all. I knew the moment I saw His sweet face, looked into His eyes. He came to earth the same way we all have come. He came so you and I can see Him and hear His voice and, yes, love Him. He came to live in our family so we can learn how a family is meant to live. So we can care for His needs for a while and love Him as our own child and let Him love us – mother, father, aunts, uncles and cousins – His family, you know? I think He will show us how to forgive one another too. He came to us like this so we can rock Him gently in our arms and sing to Him. And you will carry Him on your shoulders and never, never be afraid of Him again.”
The fear of the Lord is the Beginning of wisdom…
But not the end! The awesome reverence of You, O Lord, we will have always. Yet after we have walked and talked with You in the garden of our hearts; we move from the fear of the awesome Unknown to the adoration of the Known! Still fully aware that You are Mighty and worthy of all our trembling, yet time with You pulls us upright and firm, full of trust in You, this gives us courage to reach out without hesitation for all of You! And all of You – You give! Thank You!
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah