Mary Did You Know?

BIBLE READING:   Luke 1: 26-38    In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a decedent of King David.  Gabriel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, favored woman!  The Lord is with you!"  

Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  "Don't be afraid, Mary," the angel told her, "for you have found favor with God!  You  will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.  He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever, his Kingdom will never end!"   

Mary asked the angel, "but how can this happen? In am a virgin."

The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.  What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age!  People used to say she was barren, but she's now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God." 

Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant, May everything you said about me come true." And the angel left her.  


Mary is someone that maybe we don't think a whole lot about until the Christmas season.   Can you imagine being a young girl and having an angel appear to you to tell you that you were about to be with child?    The days that Mary lived in were VERY different than today. We don’t think a whole lot about teenage pregnancy, but Mary lived in a time period that to be found pregnant outside of marriage could cost her her life.  Yet, even despite that very possibility, her response to the angel Gabriel shows such obedience to God.   

“I am the Lord’s servant,

may everything you said about me come true”.

It was a miraculous conception, but her pregnancy was not.   She faced fear of what Joseph would say and do. She endured uncomfortable traveling conditions as she and Joseph traveled back to Bethlehem to be counted in the census.   Mary didn't have the convenience of a sterile hospital setting to birth her firstborn, but instead she gave birth in a dirty stable, surrounded by the stench of animals.

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Despite all this - Mary willingly gave birth to the Savior of our world.   Her response to the angel:  "I am the Lords servant, may everything you said about me come true".     

I can't help but wonder, did Mary know?   Did she know that she was giving birth to and raising her very own Savior?     If she had said 'No', certainly God would have called on another young girl to birth and raise the Messiah.  But, Mary received the blessing of calling him her son and raising him.    

Is God calling you to do something?   There is a blessing in it - if you say YES to him.    

One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is:  Mary Did You Know? I will share it with you below.  As Christmas is drawing near ..... try to spend some time reflecting on the Savior of the World.    He came to make things right again.  He came to bring peace between God and man.  

Come To The Table

Bible Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 In Jerusalem, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged win and choice meat.

There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. He will swallow death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against the land and people. The LORD has spoken.

In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the LORD, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!” For the LORD’s hand of blessing will rest on Jerusalem.

The Old Testament prophets spoke of the day when God would one day reign in his fullness and they depicted a great feast. The prophet Isaiah spoke of a coming day when Jesus would prepare “a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines”. In that day all that is wrong is made right and all that is broken is made whole, and those in Christ will be invited to an extravagant meal!

Jesus told a story in Luke, Chapter 14. He said: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, "‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ And another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste from my banquet.’”

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The master of the house is God, and the great banquet is the kingdom of God (heaven). The people made excuses for not wanting to be at the banquet (bad excuses at that). The invitation to come to the banquet was then extended to the downtrodden, underprivedged, or unnoticed. Everyone - no matter your social status, economic status or education status is invited to the the dinner table. But God is not happy that the table is half full - he desires that everyone come. His invitation for salvation is open to ALL. He is not willing that any perish but all come to receive salvation in Jesus Christ. However, it is VERY CLEAR that those who continue to refuse the invitation chose their own fate and punishment. They missed out. Those who do not choose Christ will never taste the joys and splendor of heaven. That is very clear!

The Kingdom of God is open to everyone, but not everyone will choose to accept the invitation. How about you? Have you said YES to the invitation of Christ? OR Are you still making excuses? Your future is your decision…. Christ’s table is open to you…. What’s your answer going to be??


Mustard Seed Faith

READ:  Matthew 17:20 Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” 

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:3 that we have each been given "a measure of faith".    What we do with that measure is up to us.    We are also told in Romans 10:17 that our faith can GROW.    (“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”) Our faith can GROW when we read, listen to, and study the WORD OF GOD.    

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Have you asked God for something, and yet you are still waiting?    Do you feel like the waiting is making your faith diminish?     Remember that you only need a MUSTARD SEED SIZE to move a mountain!    

Below is a 4 minute story that is worth your time to watch.  You will see how this man held onto the promise of God for his healing even when things weren’t looking good.  Mustard seed faith is enough - all things are possible with God! You can believe the promises of God too. Hold on to His promises!!

God Is God - There Is No Other

Bible Reading: Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate the one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.


The Bible instructs us that we can only serve one master. We even see this in the garden of Eden. The Word tells us that Adam and Eve walked and talked with God each day in the cool of the garden. They had communion with him and he was their master. However, when the serpent used his clever techniques to lull Eve away - her master became the serpent. She no longer stayed loyal to God and she fell.

Satan uses all kinds of things to lull us away from God today. He does his SAME OLD TRICKS. He uses power, money, jealousy, greed, selfishness, and much more to entice us away from Jesus. We are warned that we can only serve ONE master. We will serve ONE - fully and completely.

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There is ONE God and He is God in heaven above and earth beneath. Decide TODAY in your heart that He is YOUR ONE and ONLY. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted away by the cares of this world. We are living in a passing world - this world will fade away like a flower fades in the autumn and dies in the winter. But our spiritual being will live on forever and ever. Don’t jeopardize your future with the things of this world. Stay true to Jesus. Make him Lord of your life now and forevermore!