THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 2:33-40
“And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:35)
Jesus birth was not all sweetness and joy for Joseph and Mary.
The goodness of Jesus would be difficult to live with.
His goodness stands out in contrast to our own sin.
Hearts will be challenged; open hearts will humbled.
But closed hearts will become angry, and violent.
No doubt Jesus’ goodness provoked Mary’s heart too.
As Jesus followers, our hearts have been pierced as well.
Being with Jesus has a way of exposing sin in us.
We love what we see in Him, and we hate what we see in us.
As hard as this piercing conviction is, we should not resist it.
For there is healing and hope in His piercing goodness.
Only He can cut away the sin that ruins us, and set us free!
This is the “redemption of Jerusalem” (v.38) , to be rescued from sin.
If I want to be free, I need to open myself to His piercing goodness.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, where am I feeling convicted today? Help me to be receive Your piercing conviction, to allow You to expose and root out the selfish love of my own heart.