Today we are diving into the Christmas story in Luke Chapter 1. We are starting at verse 34, where the angel Gabriel has just told Mary she will have a baby boy (Jesus)...
‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’
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 the Son of God. 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. For no word from God will ever fail.’
‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.
What struck us is that the situation Mary is in is absolutely outrageous, it’s a scandal. However Mary doesn’t get angry or upset. She is very calm and does not doubt the angel from God. She understands the privilege of bearing God’s son.
God is telling Mary not to be afraid because he has got everything planned out. These verses demonstrate how God’s plans never fail and he has everything under control. You wouldn’t think God would choose a young, insignificant girl as a major part of his plan for salvation.
This is a reminder to us today to be on the lookout as God works unexpectedly.
We find it encouraging even though we are young and sometimes feel insignificant. Like Mary, we should adopt a servant-like attitude.
We are encouraged to know that everything God says will happen will happen! The song, One Thing Remains is very helpful - it tells us how God’s love never fails.
Mary trusted in God. When life seems complicated we can think of all the things God has done and it makes us so happy that God is in control.
Mia & Emily
Mia & Emily
Mia & Emily go to school in Cambridge and are part of the same church family as Lucy, Hannie, Emma and Katrina. They love sleepovers, Great British Bake-Off and reading the Bible together as 'study buddies'!