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.
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.