Key Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
Not long after the angel Gabriel visited Zechariah in the temple, he made another important visit. This time, he came to a young Jewish girl named Mary (“Jew” was the name for God’s people who lived in the southern kingdom of Judah). Mary lived in the small town of Nazareth and was engaged to Joseph–a man from King David’s family. Mary was not royal, rich, or famous. She was simple, ordinary, and young. But Mary knew the promises God had made to her people. She believed God’s Word and was faithfully waiting for the coming Savior and King.
When Gabriel appeared to Mary, she was startled, but he told her not to fear because she was “highly favored.” God loved Mary, and his special grace was on her. Gabriel told Mary she was going to have a baby boy who would be named Jesus. He went on to tell her that this baby was the promised Shepherd King from David’s family who would one day rule and reign forever!
Mary was confused. How she could have a baby? She and Joseph were not yet married, and she had never been with any man in a way that would make a baby possible. Gabriel explained that this baby would not come into existence through a human man but through the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary’s pregnancy would be a miracle, and baby Jesus would be Son of God! He would be holy–not born with a sinful heart like all other human beings. It sounded absolutely impossible, but Mary knew nothing was impossible for her strong God. She believed the Word of the Lord to her from Gabriel, and she was glad for his will to be done through her.
Not long after the angel’s announcement, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth (who was pregnant with Jesus’s cousin John). When Mary arrived, baby John kicked joyfully inside Elizabeth! Even before his birth, John recognized the Messiah. Mary’s heart was so full of joy that she burst out in a song of praise to God, thanking him for providing a Savior for those in need of salvation. Mary praised God for using simple, ordinary people like her as part of his big plan. She gave God glory for remembering the promises he had made to Abraham so many years ago. Mary understood that it was through this son of Abraham, now growing in her womb, that God was going to bless people from every nation on earth.
Main Point: The angel told Mary she was going to have a baby named Jesus. This baby would be from the Holy Spirit. He would be the Son of God and the King from David’s family who would save God’s people and rule forever.
Christ Connection: To some degree, Mary understood that Jesus was the Messiah and the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham (Luke1:46-47, 54-55; Isaiah 7:14).