GABRIEL VISITS MARY

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:26-38

Enter the stage of human history one of the most famous and remarkable women who ever lived, the Virgin Mary; the young woman chosen to give birth to Jesus Christ. While it is wrong to elevate Mary to the position of being a Mediator and Co-Redeemer, we must not in departing from one error be guilty of another and so denigrate her precious memory.

We cannot begin to appreciate the shock of receiving an angel as a visitor let alone the double shock of hearing that she, a moral, godly young woman betrothed to a her future husband, is to give birth to a baby son.

Naturally she posed the question, how such a conception could take place. Reassured by the words “with God nothing shall be impossible”, Mary displayed a gentle and unassuming submission to what was her great calling in life:

Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word

She believed, she accepted , she devoted herself to being part of God’s amazing plan for mankind.

Whatever you are facing today dear reader, complex problems, fears, uncertainties – the God to whom nothing was impossible – is to you what He was to Mary.

Like her let us accept and devote ourselves to Jesus Christ.

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