These last six weeks found us searching for the ‘God is with us’ moments in our lives as we considered the things that Mary, Jesus’ mother, treasured and pondered in her heart. (Luke 2: 19, 51)
We uncovered and collected several very valuable treasures together. Let’s look at them before we move on to our next Tuesday Treasure.
Week #1 – we shared how we knew that ‘God is with us’
Week #2 – we remembered a time we realized that God had a plan for our lives
Week #3 – we learned that we are not alone and that God surrounds us with special family and friends
Week #4 – we shared our own or our children’s birth stories, seeing how God was involved in these events, too
Week #5 – we recounted a time when God turned a confusing time into a blessing for us
Our week #6 is Easter week, the time when we turn our hearts and minds to the events that led up to the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus.
In the first few lines of Mary’s song, also known as the Magnificat, Mary declares “My soul praises the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant.” (Luke 1:46-55)
As Jesus hung on the cross Mary knew that he was the promised Messiah, even though at the time she didn’t understand why this was happening to Him. Author Scot McKnight writes about these events in his book, The Real Mary.
“Three days after Jesus’ death on the cross the followers began to tell a new story: Easter. Mary was there, and Easter transformed Mary’s perception of that awful day when she watched her son’s public, humiliating crucifixion. She saw Him die, and then heard the reports that He was alive again.”
Her son had died but God raised His Son on Easter morning. Jesus went from being Mary’s son to being her Savior. Amazing! The ultimate treasure, to be sure!
Your turn: Have you ever asked the living, resurrected Jesus to be your Savior? Has there ever been a time when you realized that He died on the cross for your sins and that you are forgiven because of what He did there for you? If you have would you please share your story with us.
My turn: I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was 19 years old. If you would like to read all about it you can find my Jesus birthday story here.
Thanks so much to each of you who stopped by to share this treasure hunt with me. It is my prayer that each of you were blessed by the ‘God is with us’ treasures that you collected. I know I was. I enjoyed getting to read the precious memories you shared here.