Luke 1:26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
When the Father was choosing a mother for Mary, he looked for someone who honoured Him. He looked for someone who pleased him. The angel said to Mary, that she was highly favoured of the Lord. Imagine what that must be like – to be highly favoured by God? What an amazing privilege. Mary was troubled by this greeting. She must have been taken aback. Who wouldn’t be when an angel appears and tells you God favours you highly.
The angel tells Mary that Jesus “will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end”. Jesus was announced as the Messiah. What an amazing thing to happen to anyone – to be told you are going to be mother to the promised Messiah, the Holy one of Israel.
I love the way that Mary response to the bombshell – she basically says “OK, well I am serving the Lord, so if that’s what he wants, it is fine by me”. The lesson here is that no matter how strange the word is that God speaks to us sometimes, we need to be willing and ready to obey. I am your servant Lord, so let the word you have spoken come true. That is basically the way the Lord works. he speaks to us and prompts us by His word. God seldom appears in the form of an angel, but now that we have the Holy Spirit, he helps us hear God through our spirit within. God speaks through His word. If we want to hear from God, we must be reading the Bible. I am finding that 20 to 30 minutes day is nowhere near enough time to read the Bible. There is so much that is written there, and God speaks so clearly, that I need plenty of time.