Luke 1:26-38, 46-55
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.” Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabeth — even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.
And Mary said: My soul praises the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, because he has looked with favor on the humble condition of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and his name is holy. His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him. He has done a mighty deed with his arm; he has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts; he has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering his mercy to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he spoke to our ancestors.
Over 400-years has passed since our last reading and we now enter the New Testament. All of the prophesies about the Messiah (Savior) coming are about to finally be fulfilled! How perplexing that God chose for Jesus to be born to a poor, unmarried teenage girl! How would you feel if you were Mary? Why do you think she was able to have faith that all of this was real, and that God chose her to bring Jesus into the world? What was her response when she embraced God’s purpose for her life?
Although none of us will ever get to say that we had the honor of birthing the Savior of the world, God always chooses the unlikely to accomplish His great purposes! The good news of Jesus is that we not only get to be forgiven of anything we’ve done wrong, but that God wants to use us, too!
God, I want you to use me in your plan to save the world through Jesus! “Here am I, send me!” Isaiah 6:8 (NLT) I know you have chosen me for a special purpose.
Babysit for someone this week who needs a break or a date night. Do it for free to bless them!