Read Luke 2:34-35
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.” (NLT)
Being the Saviour of the world might seem to be one way of attaining popularity and power. But then again, if that same world didn’t think it needed saving such a Saviour would find it hard going. And even if that world did reckon it needed salvation, it wanted such salvation on its own terms. Only a certain sort of Saviour would do.
Little wonder that Simeon’s prophecy of Jesus’ life and ministry rings true. Some will find delight in him and be restored to God. Others will despise him and remain estranged from God. The good news of salvation is only good news to those who desire such salvation and recognise who is offering it.
And when it comes to being the earthly mother of such a Saviour, it was a blessing tinged with great sadness. Mary is a reminder to us that to be favoured by God (as the angel declared she was), is not necessarily a comfortable experience. Any parent can grasp the pains as well as the pleasures of raising a child. But Mary’s pain was unique. Watching her grown-up son being tortured to death was for her the sword that pierced her soul.
The Prince of Peace seems to arouse much hostility and pain. The cost of peace has always been high.