After almost 400 years of silence, the Lord was preparing for a big announcement. Who would have ever thought that His first message would be to a young and ordinary woman, named Mary.
Our lives may seem ordinary to us, I am sure Mary felt the same way. Most likely her aspirations in life were to find a husband and have a family. What else could there have been in life for a young woman in biblical times?
We can look at our lives the same way and we simply say, “this is my life,” and we put a period at the end of that sentence. Maybe, just maybe God would say, “Place a comma there, I have more.”
Prior to this big announcement, God’s people found themselves drowning in a sea of despair and hopelessness. They had been oppressed and they had not heard a word from their God.
Gabriel, an angel of the Lord appears to Mary and he speaks, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
We know that Mary was startled to say the least. What a great greeting!
- Highly Favored
- The Lord is With You
- You Are Blessed.
I would have said, “Gabriel, tell me more!”
Oh, he did! These words …“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 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.”
This is where Mary’s life comma comes in. God has so much more to add on. I’m betting that when Mary dreamt of her future life and family, she didn’t have this in mind.
- She would have a son, he was already named, JESUS.
- He would also be the son of the Highest (God),
- He would be given the throne of King David,
- He would reign of the House of Jacob (Israel)
- There would be no end to his Kingdom.
That is a whole lot of information, but Mary had only one question.
She simply says this,“How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
To that Gabriel said, “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. 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. For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Mary must have been wowed and a tad bit nervous with this unbelievable information!
- The Holy Spirit was going to come upon her
- The Power of God would overshadow her
- A Holy Child, her child would be born
- He would be the son of God
Just in case Mary was unsure about all of this… Elizabeth her cousin, who was an older woman, well past child baring age, was six months pregnant.
Elizabeth was no longer barren- For with God nothing is impossible.
(We will talk more about Elizabeth next week)
To all of that Mary said,“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”
She simply said, “Yes Lord, yes.”
And there is was…Hope. Hope for Mary, hope for us, hope for an entire World.
The very hope that was conceived in Mary, lives in us today.
Mary had an encounter with God, it changed the course of her life.
Our God is longing to have an encounter with us, often we just won’t sit still long enough. What if we did?
Maybe, just maybe, we would see the Lord replace our period with His comma. Maybe we would say, yes Lord, yes to whatever He is asking of us. Only He knows who’s lives will be impacted.
My challenge to myself and to you this week as we light our first Advent Candle is: Encounter God
- Each day this week
- Grab your Bible, notebook and pen
- Find a quiet place
- For 5 minutes open your Bible read Luke 1 and 2
- For 5 minutes sit still and quiet in God’s presence and let those verses and word pictures stir in your heart and mind
- For 5 minutes write down your thoughts
- If you like, share a thought or a comment with us!