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I can't imagine what Mary must have thought. First an angel appears to her and tells her she's going to have a child. Her and Joseph travels to Bethlehem and wouldn't you know it she goes into labor and has the baby and not in the best conditions. Not long after having the baby these shepherds show up talking about how the saw a host of angels. If that wasn't wild enough the go to the Temple to fulfill their duty according to the law of Moses and all of sudden these two very old people are excited and prophesying. That in itself just had to be overwhelming but then twelve years later Jesus ends up hanging back in Jerusalem to discuss theology with the scribes.
What does this passage tell us about the nature of God?
For me, it reminds us that He uses unconventional methods to get His message out. A young girl to give birth to His son, shepherds to receive the first birth announcement. Makes me think of how God can still use unconventional methods to get His message out.
What about you?