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“For behold the day is coming.” The closing message from the prophet Malachi is dramatic. And with his words a curtain falls across the land. For 400 years there is silence from the heavens. No prophets. No warnings. No angelic messengers. No handwriting on the wall. No headlines. No e-mail. No text alerts. Nothing. Just silence.
Perhaps it seemed to the people as though God had written off the world, that He had washed His hands of mankind, that He had finally surrendered to the will of men. Not so! Just because there is silence doesn’t mean God isn’t there.
During the four centuries between Malachi and Matthew, God orchestrates the history of mankind. He is setting the table for the coming Bread of Life. He is preparing to pour out living water for those who are no longer satisfied with the wine of corruption. He brings men and nations to their knees. The Egyptians, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans all march across the stage. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. Alexander the Great stuns the world with his military exploits. Hannibal marches across the Alps. The Peloponnesian and Punic Wars drag on. The Parthenon and the Great Wall of China are built. Cleopatra rules, Julius Caesar is assassinated, and Caesar Augustus declares himself emperor. And then . . .
Out of the night, a star shines over a little hamlet called Bethlehem. Shepherds bow, angels sing, and magi pack their camels. The world waits. And there in a cow stall, amid beaten-down hay and swarming flies, a king is born. Not just any king, but the King of kings! This infant raises his voice in the darkness as if to say, “I told you I was coming.” He reaches up through the darkness and touches Mary’s face. This tiny hand once placed the stars and planets into their universal coordinates and carved out the continents. These tiny fingers once traced the Amazon and scooped out the Grand Canyon and the Great Rift Valley. This hand would one day open the eyes of the blind, dry the tears of a lonely woman, turn water into wine, calm an angry sea, and clutch the ground in Gethsemane. These tiny hands will be nailed to a cross.
But there, in a crude crib, He lays looking into his mother’s face. Mary smiles, remembering the song she sang in her youth about the coming King: “He will perform mighty acts / scatter the proud / bring down rulers / lift up the humble / fill the hungry / send the rich away empty / He is merciful.” Then she turns to Joseph and says, “Let’s call him Jesus because he will save His people from their sins.”
Mary had firsthand knowledge of what it meant for Christ to be formed in oneself (Galatians 4:19). The literal and physical body of Jesus was knit together in her womb. As she cared for the child Jesus and watched him grow into a man, she would often ponder these things in her heart. The whole experience was surely overwhelming to take in and process at times. Yet Mary submitted to the Holy Spirit, walked by faith, and allowed herself to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.
During Christmas and the holiday season, many people who never give church a second thought are open to remembering the birth of Jesus. How can you help point them in the right direction and give them real hope through the gospel message? It’s hard to say no to a free gift. Is there a simple gift you can give to help someone recall what Mary remembers? Yes, there is!
The gift you can give is Mary Remembers, a beautifully packaged audio CD from Apologia. Mary Remembers is a dramatic monologue by author and speaker Rachael Carman. Delivered in a conversational style, this seventeen-minute presentation looks at the birth and life of Jesus through the eyes of His mother, Mary. You will hear all the wonder and humility of events recorded in history along with ones we can only imagine. The full audio includes a short “What Should I Do Now?” message from the author and an original song by musical artist Anne MacCallum.
Download a free sample of this recording and listen for yourself. Once you hear this message, you will want to put a CD into the hands of as many people as possible during the months of November and December. You can purchase these inexpensive CDs in packets of five to hand out at the airport, hotel, restaurant, dry cleaners, bank, grocery store, coffee shop, and anywhere you interact with people. Then pray that the message of Jesus Christ revealed will be received and accepted by faith as the greatest Christmas gift of all time.
You may be surprised at how many people cross your path each day. Last year I gave these CDs to roughly one hundred people. When talking with someone, I would simply hand them a CD and say, “I’d like to give you a Christmas gift.” The packaging looks like a present—which helps communicate the message—and everyone gladly accepted this small token.
How many people would you like to share the gospel message with this Christmas? Consider giving this unique presentation to someone during the holidays and help them recall what Mary remembers.
Davis Carman is married to Rachael Carman, and together they have homeschooled their seven children. Davis and Rachael are the owners of Apologia Educational Ministries where Davis serves as president. He is the author of A Light For My Path and Good Morning, God.
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