For No Word from God Will Ever Fail
[The angel Gabriel] said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 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, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:30-33
Stop. Because of a pandemic, we’ve had to stop many things that we’d normally be doing. But don’t hurry to fill the emptiness. Be still, reflective.
Look. Read the Scriptures. Find out what God has said and done. See him through his Son.
Listen. As you read, you’ll hear the still, small voice of God.
What was Mary doing when the angel Gabriel appeared to her with a message from God? She might have been thinking about her betrothal to Joseph. Planning the wedding … but the appearance of an angel stopped whatever she was doing immediately.
“Greetings, you who are highly favored!” Gabriel told her. “The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and “wondered what kind of greeting this might be” (Luke 1:29).
Surely Gabriel’s next words must have thrilled her. She had been chosen to bear the promised Messiah! She knew the prophecies. Jesus meant “Jehovah is salvation” . He was the One to whom the Most High God would give “everlasting dominion, a kingdom that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14). He was the One promised to David of his lineage to rule forever (2 Samuel 7:12-13). He was the One descended from Abraham who would bless the whole world (Genesis 17:7, 19). All Israel was waiting for this person.
Even though she knew the prophecy said a virgin would conceive (Isaiah 7:14), Mary had to question, “How will this be 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.” Then he told her Elizabeth, her relative, was going to have a child in her old age, and “she who was said to be unable to conceive was in her sixth month” (Luke 1:35-36).
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary declared. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her (Luke 1:37-38).
Do you know the promises and prophecies about God’s people, believers (John 3:16)? They are children of Abraham (Romans 4:16-17), the holy people spoken of in Daniel who will receive a kingdom and possess it forever (Daniel 7:18). Look up these prophecies and the others in Dig Deeper (below).
Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many of us even without a pandemic. Listen to God as you read scripture and expect these prophecies to be fulfilled. Knowing God is in control and gives prophecies about what will happen will encourage you.
What does Matthew 1:18-25 say about Mary’s relationship with Joseph?
Some prophecies contain elements which will happen at different times such as Matthew 24: 1-51. Which elements do you think have already happened and which are still to come?
Nancy J. Baker
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