Luk 2:18 And everyone who heard it was stunned at what had been said to them by the shepherds.
Luk 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these words, contemplating them in her heart.
Luk 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen. It was just like it had been told to them.
reacting to a Christmas miracle
This text describes three different reactions to what took place in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. It was not exactly Jesus’ birth that was miraculous. As far as we know, his birth itself was normal. It was who he is that made the Christmas story miraculous. Mary took the shepherds’ words as further blessing, and contemplated them in her heart. The shepherds took the visible presence of Christ as proof of the veracity of their angelic prophecy, and praised God for it. The people that the shepherds told were just stunned, because nothing like this had ever happened to them.
This year, you may just have a normal Christmas. You may not get a miracle. But you do have a chance to reflect on the miracle of Jesus incarnation, when the Word became flkesh and dwelt among us. How will you react to that?
LORD, thank you for becoming one of us, so that you could rescue us.