Luke 2:16-19 "So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart."
Sometimes a familiar song can shed light. I'm sure we are all familiar with the Christmas carol: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". The above heading to this paragraph is derived from that beloved carol. When coupled with the the opening verses in today's post, we are astonishing in what is recorded, and what seems to be absent. We see recorded the haste of the Shepherds. In Matthew's version (Matthew 2:1ff), we find the Christ-child a young toddler (since it would had taken the wise men two years to make the 800 mile or more journey from Babylonia to Jerusalem). The wise men bow down and worship the little one. The reverence and adoration is recorded in both scenes. However, the stark simplicity and absence of ornateness befitting for the Eternal King in human flesh is more prominent.
Closing thoughts for practical consideration
As we close today, notice a few points concerning Mary's regard of the Incarnate King that serve to instruct us as to how the Christ-follower ought to consider Jesus Christ:
“My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
50 “And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him. 51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. 52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. 53 “He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his descendants forever.”