New to this weekly blog? I’m using Frank Ball’s biblical account titled – Eyewitness, The Life of Christ Told in One Story. If you wish to follow, push the ribbon at the bottom of the page.
“I am God’s servant,” Mary said, ”Let all you have said happen to me according to his will” Luke 1:38 Eyewitness.
Eyewitness: Psalms 132:11; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38, pp. 20-22.
In your Bible: Psalms 132:11; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-56.
The ancestry of Joseph and Mary is important and recorded briefly in Matthew and Luke. It assures the reader these were people chosen by God. You’ve read and heard about the miracle of Jesus’ birth. I also want to emphasize:
- The angel’s greetings
- The recipients’ comments
- The joy of hearing this wonderful but mysterious news
Gabriel Visits Mary
Gabriel visits Mary with a shocking message. He assures her not to be afraid about what he is about to tell her. “Greetings, favored woman!” The angel said, “God is with you. You will become pregnant with a son. You must name him Jesus” (Luke 1:28 and 31 Eyewitness). Of course, Mary was deeply shaken by this.
Nothing is Impossible with God
“How is this possible, Mary asked? “ (Luke 1:34 Eyewitness). Gabriel told Mary it would happen this way, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35a Eyewitness).
The angel affirmed, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37 Eyewitness). She questioned Gabriel on this for sure. But she relented. “I am God’s servant,” Mary said, ”Let all you have said happen to me according to his will” (Luke 1:38 Eyewitness).
After the angel’s visit, Mary went to see Elizabeth in Judea. Elizabeth said, “You are blessed because you believed every word God has spoken will come to pass” (Luke 1:45 Eyewitness). Mary continued to exclaim the wonder of God’s doing (in what is called Mary’s Song) …”His mercy reaches to all who fear him” (Luke 1:50 Eyewitness).
Prayer: Father, thank you still speak to people today.
Questions: How has God spoken to you? Have you questioned God? Should believers question God?