On December 24, 2016, traditionally known as Christmas Eve, the Verse of Day continues the narrative of the birth of Jesus Christ, as the shepherds enter and depart:
Luke 2:16-20 (AMP)
So they went in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the Baby as He lay in the manger. And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.
As this account unfolds, we recognize not only did Mary give birth to a child, her first-born son, but the circumstances surrounding his birth must have been overwhelming. The shepherds who suddenly come on the scene relate that the “angel of the Lord” had spoken with them and told where to go and explained what they would find when they arrived. This group of exhilarated witnesses return, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen. Mary and Joseph are alone with their newborn son.
Mary, a mere teenager, hides the words spoken by the shepherds and the miraculous events surrounding the birth of son in the depths of her heart. “Mary treasured all these things,” meaning she “kept close, kept safe, treasured, preserved—set apart and preserved in a special place.” We might say that she hid memories of what happened in the “lock-box of her heart.”
In the days ahead she must return to Nazareth where she will not be looked upon favorably at all. In fact, she will be despised because she has given birth to child before the time that she was to have consummated her marriage with her husband. She will encounter a barrage of hateful words and shameful looks, as she faces staggering unbelief. She will need to draw upon inner resources and encourage herself in the Lord, as she “discusses, confers, converses, gives careful thought to and ponders” within herself. There is no one who could possibly understand what she is going through.
During this time of special bonding with her husband and child, Mary gave considerable thought to all that had transpired. One of the contemporary Christmas compositions focuses on Mary, as Clay Aiken asks, “Mary, Did You Know?”
Only God knows all that Mary treasured in her heart that night.