The Announcement of Christ Birth to Mary!!!
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary .And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “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.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “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.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her…… Luke 1:26-38
In our previous studies, We saw how Angel Gabriel appeared to Zachariah to bring Him the Good news about the Birth of John the Baptist in the Temple while He was burning incense. And his unbelief by asking, “How it will be possible” and the way He was struck with dumbness. Here we read of the same Angel appearing to Mary and the way Mary responded.
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary : Finally, the fullness of time has come when the Messiah is to be Born by a woman(Galatians 4:4). And I am sure many sisters in Israel must have been Longing that if the Messiah will be Born, it should be through Them. They must have read from the Scriptures that the Messiah was to be Born by a Virgin(Isaiah 7:14) and Many of them must have hoped that God will find them worthy. Many from Rich Family and Royal family with sound education must have thought that if the Messiah the King was to be Born, it must be through them. But God’s way is not Man’s Way. He bypasses them all and sent His Angel to a City called Nazareth that has a reputation that, “Nothing good can come out of it(John 1:46). He selected a young unknown girl who was engaged to a poor Carpenter called Joseph. In the midst of the whole women in Israel, thank God there was one who have kept Herself Pure in the Fear of God and Humility. What God Looks for even today is the Fear of God and Humility. Our family and education background has no value before God. Where we reside or state of Origin has no value in God’s Choice of a Person. The same way today, when God is looking all over the world to select people to form the body of Christ which is the Church, He looks for Men and women who are like Mary. Who have kept themselves Pure as a virgin betrothed to the Lord(2 Corinthians 11:2) in Humility and fear of the Lord. Just like Mary was the Physical instrument for the bringing forth of the body of Christ, Today God seeks for Men to bring forth that spiritual body called the body of Christ which is the Church. And God Looks as He looked all over Israel then to select such people. Will you take that challenge to be such a person in your locality? That through You, God can bring forth the Church, the body of Christ in Your Locality. If you were among the Women in Israel, do you think the Lord would have selected You to be the Mother of the Messiah? Have you kept Yourself as a pure virgin to the Lord? This should be a challenge to us that if God seeks for just one person in our family or Locality, that He will find us worthy.
And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”: The Most important thing in being useful in God’s purposes is not our education, family or Bible knowledge. The most important thing is that, “The Lord is with Us”. This Lord is with the Humble and with those who fear Him. He is far away from the proud. He knows the proud afar off the Bible says(Psalm 138:6). To be highly favored is to have the Lord always with Us. The most blessed people on the face of the Earth are those who carry the presence of the Lord with them everywhere and everyday. Jesus said in John 8:29 that, ” The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” If we seek to have the presence of the Father with us always like Jesus has, then we must continue to do the things that pleases the Father.
But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. : Mary was surprised at this kind of greeting. She was not this proud confident one who says, “O Yes of course The Lord is with Me!!! “. There are lots of people like that who are so proud and thinks, “O yes The Lord is with Me, if He is not with Me, where else could He be?”. God is never with such conceited people. God is with those who have a broken heart. God is with those who are so aware of the Sin in their Flesh and mourn in sorrow over their Failures and Unchrist-Likeness. God is with those who are so Uncertain that He could be with such a great Sinner like them. God is with those who say like Peter, “Depart from Me, for I am a Sinful Man, O Lord(Luke 5:8). God is with those who say Like Paul,” O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?(Romans 7:24)”. Mary had a low estimate of Her self and was surprised that, an Angel could say “The Lord is with Such a Sinner like Her” and If we are also surprised that the Lord is with us, then we have a low estimate of ourselves. Let us therefore remain in Humility and recognize our unworthiness to be associated with God.
Then the angel said to her, “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: Those who have the Lord with them have no reason to be afraid. The presence of the Lord with us will silent ALL fears in our heart. The Favour of the Lord does not bring fear with it. Anything that brings fear into your life cannot be the Will of God. The will of God brings peace and Joy. “Fear not!!!” the Angel said to Mary. There is a great significance in the meaning of the name of Jesus. It means, “Saviour from Sin(Matt 1:21)” Jesus did not just come to forgive us our sin, rather He has come to save us from Sins. There is a great difference between being Forgiven of Sins and being Saved from Sins. We get forgiveness after we have committed a particular Sin but to be saved from Sin means, “We did not commit that Sin at all”. Many have known Jesus as their Forgiver but Yet to know Him as their Saviour. That’s why they keep committing the same Sin again and again and again and keep asking for forgiveness over the same Sin again and again. But those who have known Him as a Saviour have come to understand that, “if The Lord can forgive Sins, Can’t He give You Power not to Commit that Sin?” Come up higher my friends!!! The Lord can keep You from falling into Sin(Jude 1:24). Remember, Jesus would always ask those who come to Him a Question, “Do You believe I can do this for You(Matt 9:28)? Do You believe I can Keep You from Falling into that Sin again?” It would be done to You according to Your Faith.(Matt 8:29). If You don’t believe that the Lord can save You from that Sinful habit that has ruled you for Years, then You wouldn’t be saved from it. Let us therefore come up higher and not come short of the Grace that is in Christ 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.”: There was no throne in Israel in those days, the Roman were the one ruling. Yet it says Jesus be given the throne of His father David. These refers to the Spiritual authority that Jesus was going to have. A day is coming when His throne will be set physically upon the Earth and all those who have followed Him Will reign with Him.
Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”: Mary asked the same question that Zachariah asked and Yet she was not struck dumb. This was because she had no precedent in Scripture that Zachariah had. There was the case of Abraham and Sarah who had a Son in old age and Zachariah could see from that Example. But for Mary, there was no such example of a virgin conceiving. So Mary’s case was not as serious as Zachariah. To whom More is given, More is expected.
And the angel answered and said to her, “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: The Birth of Jesus was a unique event which has never taken place before and will never take place again in History. Mary was going to conceive a Child without a Human Father, and the one to be Born through Mary was the one who is eternally the Second person of the Trinity, Co-equal with the Father from eternal ages. The Son of God was going to take Human form and come in our Flesh for the salvation of Man kind. So Obviously, He could not have an Earthly Father. The Holy spirit will have to create within Mary’s womb what is necessary to unite with Mary’s body to produce a body for Jesus. This is a great Mystery and it amazes us when we think of the tremendous Humility that we see in God coming down to earth in Human form to become one with us. Jesus has become a Man forever Yet He is God !!! This is our forerunner, this is our example. One who has opened the way in Humility. And no one can follow Him without that same Spirit of Humility.
It is also interesting to discover that the First time the Holy Spirit was mentioned in the New testament was to Help Produce Jesus inside Mary(Matt 1:18)So it seems to Me that the Main Function of the Holy Spirit is to allow Jesus to be formed Inside People. Mary was not struggling to Produce Jesus, So why Should You struggle to Produce the Life of Jesus? Only God can do it, Mary Could not do it without the Help of the Holy Spirit and You can’t do it without the Help of the Holy Spirit either. Also the Holy Spirit could not do it without Mary and the Holy spirit cannot do it without You. All she did was to present Her own body for the Workings of the Holy Spirit.
It is the Same with Us today. We will never be able to Manifest the Life of Jesus in our body without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has to do the same thing He did in Mary’s body to our bodies. Becoming Like Jesus is not a struggle. The Christian race is exciting. But it is all the Workings of the Holy Spirit. The More You open up Yourself to the Holy Spirit, the More He fills You up. All You need to do is to submit Your bodies to the workings of the Holy Ghost!!! When the Holy Spirit tells you to Turn Your eyes away from that girl, from that Page, from that TV screen, Just do it!!! When the Holy Spirit tells You to Keep quiet and not to respond to that Insult, Just do it!!! The Holy Spirit does not force people. It is demon that force people to do what they don’t want to do. Just try it out!!! Submit Your every part of Your body to the workings of the Holy Spirit for a Month and see how radiant in Christ You will Look at the end of the month.
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.”: God gives us examples of others to strengthen our faith. There is absolutely nothing that God wants to do which is impossible. When we know that something is according to God’s will, then nothing we stand in the Way. If God had said a Virgin will conceive and bear a child, Nothing shall stop it from happening. No word from God will pass unfulfilled.
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her: Having said All these, Look at the wonderful way Mary responded to what God has said through the Angel. This must be our response to every word the Lord has spoken to us in the Bible. When we read verses Like, “Sin Shall not have Dominion over You(Romans 6:14)”, What should we say?, we must say like Mary said, ” Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word”. When we read verses Like, “Go and Sin no more(John 8:11), Do all things without grumbling and complaining(Philippians 2:14), All things works together for good to them that Love God(Romans 8:28)”, are we to say, “How can this things be?” Not at all!!! We are rather to say, ” Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word!!! For With God, Nothing shall be impossible!!!” So the Angel departed in Joy when Mary has submitted to the word of God. This is what God Looks for even today. He is looking for people who will submit to His words exactly as Mary did.
Dear Friend, the Lord is still looking all over the Earth for Men and Women like Mary that He may select to build the body of Christ. Is He going to find You? Is He going to find you pure and prepared for His use? Is He going to you worthy in the fear of God and Humility? Submit Yourself to the word of God, remain open to the Holy Spirit and the life of Jesus will be Manifested in You. May the Lord look upon us with His Favour in Jesus name (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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