Can you believe there are only 3 days left until Christmas? Wow!
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 the Son of God.
Have you ever wondered why God chose Mary? Consider her responsibility-give birth to and bring up the one and only Son of God! Just for starters, how do you discipline a child who is perfect? Let’s look at Mary’s credentials for such a job: a teenager (13-15 years old), quite poor, most likely illiterate, from a non-descript family and backwater village. Not exactly a head-turner. So what qualified her? One clear factor stands out: she was willing to say yes to God. She didn’t understand how it would work or see herself as “up to it”. She didn’t possess a “can do” attitude or mountains of self-assurance. She simply made herself available. Mary seemed to possess that rarest of qualities: the capacity to not make her life all about herself. She belonged to God and was eager to do what He asked. And for our God, who specializes in displaying His power through the “nobody specials”, that is more than enough.
How willing are you to say “Yes” to God these days? What do you sense Him asking of you?
Talk about what it might have been like to be Mary and to be asked by God to raise up baby Jesus. Why did God choose Mary?