No Need to “MSU”

Read Luke 1:26-38

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” – Luke 1:30-33

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Nativity Christmas Ornament | December 2017

I am a very intuitive person. That’s not bragging; it’s a reality that has some very good implications, but does not always serve me well. Extremely intuitive persons too easily jump to the wrong conclusions. We like to go to MSU. MSU does not stand for Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, or any other state university. MSU stands for “Making Stuff Up.” We intuitive folks can all too easily and quickly go there.

Sometimes, however, being an intuitive person serves us well: we catch things, put together sometimes disparate and seemingly-unrelated facts and get it right. That seems to have been what Mary did when the angel visited her. Not only was she troubled at the greeting of the angel; she also realized that the message of the angel had some far-reaching implications. Intuitive people do that. But I progress…too far and too quickly run ahead. Mary waits for the angel to tell her what is to be; she hears him out.

There is much to consider in the angel’s message: Mary will have a child. He will be great in the style and manner of King David. Mary’s Son will reign over God’s people forever. His rule and reign will be for all time and eternity. Mary will wait to take all this in. She will ask her question, and express her willingness to be the Lord’s servant.

We will see what this means throughout the gospel of Luke, into the book of Acts, in the life of the early believers, and even today where people proclaim that Jesus is Lord. For this moment, however, it is enough for us to live in the confidence of God’s love and grace, to recognize that Jesus is the One who rules and reigns for all time.

No need to make stuff up – no matter how intuitive we may or may not be. We simply embrace the truth that has been revealed to us in the life, death, resurrection and second coming of our Lord Jesus, and rejoice in his rule and reign of grace in our hearts by faith.

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