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By Braxton King
During the Christmas holiday season, one of the prophecies quoted often is the prophecy of Isaiah, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and she’ll call his name Immanuel.”
The gospel of Luke gives us the interaction between Mary and the angel, Gabriel. The angel visits Mary, a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David. The angel startled this teenage girl with the message, “Hail, you are highly favored, the Lord is with you; you are blessed among women.” This salutation caused Mary to have fear and be troubled in her heart.
The angel Gabriel proceeded to tell her, “Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall 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 forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.”
Mary knew instantly her life would never be the same. She asked the angel a question, “How can this be since I am a virgin?” I do not believe this question was based in doubt, but in the desire to know how it would happen.
The answer the Angel gave was that the Holy Ghost would overshadow her. This makes it very clear in scripture that the conception of Jesus was a miracle of God. The child that was to be born to her was to be called the Son of God. Mary declared herself to be the servant of the Lord, and God could do in her life what His word had declared.
I believe we ought to have a “MARY CHRISTmas”. We should live our lives as servants, submitted to the Lord and declaring our lives are be controlled by His word. What an example we have from Mary. May we learn from the obedience and humility of Mary. Even though she had just been told she was highly favored among women, she humbled herself and walked in the will of God.
The child delivered by Mary has delivered us.
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