Monday, December 21, 2009

Gabriel's Message to Mary


26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
(Luke 1:26-38, New King James Version)

Gabriel's Message to Mary

I am sure it seemed like just another ordinary day to Mary; little did she know that her life was about to change forever! The angel, Gabriel appeared to her with this message.

“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

What kind of a greeting was that? Gabriel's comment troubled her, but then he continued, "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give 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.”

Now that would be a rather startling message, would it not? Who was this man that he would say such things to her? Do you think she realized that this was an angel of God? Mary responded in surprise, "How can that be; I am a virgin?"

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God."

Gabriel went on to explain that her relative, Elizabeth, was pregnant, explaining that nothing is impossible for God. Think of how amazed she must have been, as understanding dawned upon her. How did Mary respond to this unbelievable proclamation?

Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

We are so familiar with this story, that we often do not take the time to ponder what this might have been like for her. Just think, from before time began, God had ordained that Mary would be the mother of Jesus, the Savior of the world! Look how calmly she replied. All doubt and fear was gone; we only see her gentle submission.

How aware are we of God's leading us through this life? How do we respond to the circumstances He brings our way? Oh that we would have the faith and acceptance that we see in Mary.

God Bless You,
Linda

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