Mary, a virgin, had just been visited by an angel and learned she would give birth to the Messiah, Son of the Most High. She was only 14 or 15 years old (Luke 1:26-38). Here is how she responded to this news:
“And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM. He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed. He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.”” (Luke 1:46-55)
Take a moment to re-read her response and consider these questions:
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”.