26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
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Devotional – Ps Raelle Smit (Discipleship Pastor)
How would you react to seeing an angel? I’m with Mary. I would be “greatly troubled”.
Would she have wondered “what does he mean by greatly favoured and that the Lord is with me? Is it my time, am I going to die now, when I have barely lived”.
Or did she instead, knowing her history, wonder at a visit to an unwed woman? See there two other women in the Bible that an angel appeared to: Hagar before she became the mother of Ismael; and the wife of Manoah before she became the mother of Samson. Both times the angel came to declare to them regarding their offspring and the greatness they would have (You can read these accounts in Genesis 16 and Judges 13).
But Mary is not married so no wonder she questions receiving a similar but even more magnificent promise that she would be the mother of the Messiah. Amazing! This is not just bareness like Samson’s mother. This is provision with out any action. It is a testament to the fact that when God has a purpose, there are no obstacles, if we are willing.
Gabriel ends with the most powerful words of this section of the Christmas story. Ones I encourage you to hold onto for your life:
“No word from God will ever fail”.
What has God declared over your life?
What promises has He made?
There are so many He makes in scripture regarding each of us. Search them out.
Never forget that “no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ”.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
And may each of us respond as Mary does – “I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled”.
To Conclude your time with God today why not listen to the Christmas Carol – “Mary did you know” and marvel and wonder at a mighty God who came as a baby.
Mary did you know (sung by the Pentatonix)