The Stages of God, Part V
There was such cause for celebration that Mary didn’t read the fine print when the angel Gabriel announced the coronation of Christ through the annunciation.
It’s like getting a new car. All you can do is breathe in the new-car aroma. It’s like the wedding day. You have nothing but new before you and all of the promise marital bliss. It’s like the presidential inauguration filled with visionary prose.
In Mary’s case, she heard the coronation loud and clear: “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:32,33, NKJV)
And so it would be.
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The fine print was that Jesus would rule over every believer’s heart - including hers. That inner-kingdom can only be surrendered to God through the death of the self-life and ouch, is that ever-so-fine print.
Although Jesus modeled this stage of his life so perfectly, the fine print would have to be read to his own disciples - and the crowds - over and over and over again and they still needed reading glasses to decipher what that fine print meant as was proven on the road to Emmaus.
That fine print would counterbalance Mary’s treasuring up of so many miraculous and good things in her heart.
The coronation of Christ can only come through the crucifixion of Christ. If we could get it down to these few words, it wouldn’t have to be in such fine print.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: The fine print of this stage of Jesus is also called “The Good News” for the conquering of death by Jesus Christ and his resurrection fulfills Gabriel’s announcement that his kingdom will have no end.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with HimBut Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart…I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die…
Romans 6:5,6 (NKJV), Luke 2:19 (NIV), John 11:25 (NIV)