For the past several weeks, believers around the world have been celebrating Advent – a season of waiting, praying, and hoping for the coming of the Messiah. It’s a time to reflect on Jesus’ first coming as a babe in a manger, combined with and an eager anticipation of his second coming. It marks where we currently stand in history and acknowledges our longing for things that are not yet.
In the words of J. Haynes, “Observing Advent provides us an opportunity to slow down and participate in a daily rhythm of prayer and scripture reading which prepares and points our hearts toward the Christ who is our greatest treasure, our greatest joy, and our greatest good.”
As we approach Christmas this year, take a moment to pause and ponder Christ, our greatest treasure, our greatest joy, our greatest good. And in that space of stillness, rejoice!
I encourage you to listen to the lyrics of this song, “All is Well.”
All is well all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love’s light
In the midst of busyness and all that goes on in the world, all truly is well.
Emmanuel, God with us.
Read Luke 1:26-38
Watch MentorLink’s “40 Days with Jesus – Day 2“*
Key Verse: “Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Lk. 1:38)
Only a young teenager, Mary had a startling and life-changing encounter. The angel, Gabriel, came to her to announce amazing news and promises.
- She was favored
- The Lord was with her
- She would conceive and bear a son named Jesus
- He would be great
- He would be called the Son of the Most High
- God will give him the throne of his father David
- He will reign over the house of Jacob forever
- His kingdom will have no end
- This would happen even though she was a virgin
- To validate the message, her relative, Elizabeth, in her old age was pregnant – a miracle to all who heard of it
She was to be the mother of the King of Israel who would sit on the throne of David forever and ever. Mary knew her Bible and knew that Jesus was the coming Messiah all faithful Jews were waiting for. She was to be the Messiah’s mother! Wow! What a privilege and responsibility.
How would I respond if this were me? Pride; arrogance; wanting all the details and the plan laid out – these are only some of the feelings or thoughts that would run through my mind. How would you have responded? If you were Mary, what would you be thinking or feeling?
I am humbled at the response of Mary. She said: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Faith is as faith responds. Mary trusted the Lord’s promises. She responded in her heart with obedience.
Lord, may I respond like Mary to your amazing promises.
*To watch “40 Days with Jesus – Day 2” go to http://www.mentorlink.org and under “Resources” click on link “Days with Jesus” then click on link “40 Days with Jesus” then click on link “Day 2 -Miraculous Birth”.