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9/19 Luke 1

This is an amazing section.  This must of been a truly amazing moment in the life of Mary.  God sends Gabriel to Mary to tell her she is highly favored and He has a special responsibility for her.  She is to give birth and raise the Son of God.  One can only imagine what could of been running through her mind.  Why me? Wait, I’m supposed to get married soon. Is this a dream?

26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He 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, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34″How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon 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. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God.”

38″I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Yet in the end her response was “I am the Lord’s servant”.  Could she imagine what would happen to her over the next 33 years?  Did she realize that she would be shamed, ridiculed, initially rejected by her soon to be husband, forced to travel a great distant at a most difficult time, sleep in barn, give birth to the Son of God in a manger, flee to a foreign country, and watch her son be beaten and crucified on a cross.  How could she know.  Maybe it’s a good thing that we don’t know what tomorrow brings.

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