Earlier this week, I shared a picture on my personal Facebook page of a nativity scene that my friend’s grown son, a skilled wood crafter, made by hand. I’m including a picture with this blog above. If you look closely, Jesus’s hand is extended to Mary, whose hand is reaching out to her newborn son. In creating this nativity scene, my friend’s son was inspired by Michaelangelo’s Creation of Adam fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, a famous work of art.
What struck me about this beautiful scene was, that despite Mary being the mother of Jesus, the Son of God is her savior, too. It reminded me of the lines in the song, Mary Did You Know:
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.
Just like Mary, we all need a savior to make us new. And just like this baby reached out to Mary, I’m so grateful Jesus reached out to me and invited me to have a personal relationship with Him. He loved me that much (John 3:16).
For today’s Advent meditation, won’t you join me in praying for those whom Jesus is reaching out to but who have yet to respond to His invitation?