Friday, December 16, 2011

The Angel Gabriel's Visit To Mary

My favorite time of year is pretty obvious to most of you and it is mostly because it is the birth of "My Lord and Savior". I love to read in Luke of the entire journey of the birth of Christ and the events that lead up to this special time.

As our electricity went out the other night for two and a half hours... it was the perfect time to get my scriptures out and to start to really feel the true meaning of this holiday for me as a Christian. I love reading in the book of Luke. How I love the virgin Mary!

Thank you for letting me share these special thoughts and feelings with you.

Luke: 1:26 And in the sixth month the Angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 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.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be (wondered what kind of a greeting this was).
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

Next, Gabriel gives Mary a brief description of her special Son. Mary would no doubt have recognized some of the ancient propheies quoted by the angel which would help her comprehend the significance of this announcement to her.

32. 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.
33. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34. Then Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know no a man.

35. 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.

Next Gabriel tells Mary that her elderly cousin Elizabeth (actually a relative, not necessarily a cousin see Luke 1:36 footnote), is expecting a son.

36. And, behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. Elizabeth would give birth to John the Baptist.

37. For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Mary's Humble Response

There is probably no greater example anywhere in scripture of humble faith and submission to the will of the Lord than the response given by Mary to the angel's announcement.

38. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

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