I was walking through a store when I heard a conversation behind me.
“I wonder what he will be like when he grows up.”
Our new grandson had been born and so, of course, I instantly thought about that sweet little baby. What kind of man will he grow up to be?
What will he be?
And, of course, I thought about my own sons – thought about their birthdays, thought about them as babies and toddlers.
I remember wondering what they would become. Some of my wondering is over. One is grown up, married, and is about to become a father of a little girl.
Our younger son is eighteen, about to graduate from high school and then to go into the Marines. There is still a lot to find out about him.
What will he be?
I think every mother has wondered that, so, I can’t help but think that the same question passed through Mary’s mind a little over 2000 years ago.
Of course, she had had a word from God about her son’s future.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to 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.
That sounded pretty good. Who wouldn’t want her son to be a king forever? But then she heard words from the old man Simeon in the temple – words that did sound quite so rosy.
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.’
Luke 2: 34-35
I’m not sure what I would have thought if anyone had said such things over my child. I wonder what Mary thought.
Did she have any notion that He would become an itinerant preacher, a healer, a leader of men, a popular figure, loved by many, hated and feared by the powerful? Did she have any idea that His life would seemingly end in tragedy? Did she ever falter in her faith in God’s plan?
And when it seemed that the dream was gone and that God had forgotten, could she have had any inkling of the true glory of the future of her son?
Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Her son! Could she have know what He would be? Did she know who He actually was?
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
I don’t think any mother could have dreamed of a son like this.
What will he be?
My sons are still young with many years ahead of them. I don’t know what they will be, but my prayer is that they will be reflections of the glory of the Baby born to be their Savior and King.