Jesus’ Birth is Announced to Mary
The woman or more correctly young women chosen by God to carry the Messiah, the King of Kings, and the Holy One was not one of the elite in her society during those days but she was of the house or lineage of David. Mary met all of the requirements that were prophesied many centuries before our Lord’s birth that a virgin from Nazareth would give birth to the King of Israel. Mary was in her house busy doing the things she did daily and suddenly Gabriel appears to her by entering her home. Notice Mary like Zacharias and every other person in the Bible when she saw this angel Gabriel she feared greatly until he responded to her to fear not. Gabriel’s appearance must have been majestic whether he came in the form of a man or some other form it was not something she had ever seen before. Today we find many people claiming to have been visited by an angel and in their account of the event they never speak of being afraid at his presence. I tell you that only the enemy who camaflouges as an angel of light would make a person react contrary to Mary when she saw Gabriel.
Of all the women in Nazareth she is now told by Gabriel that she has been favored by God to bring the Messiah into the world. She was surely aware of what the Prophets spoke even at her young age but could not understand it all initially. The two English words used by the angel Gabriel “highly favored” is equal to the Greek word charitoo, which means to grace, that is, indue with special honor, make accepted. This Greek word is used only once elsewhere in the whole of Scripture and its location is a most glorious place and relays such a glorious message to us the redeemed as well as those on the outside who desire to come into our Lord Jesus Christ to have their sins taken away. It is used by God the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” NKJV It is the English phrase “made us accepted” which is the same Greek word charitoo and this is who we are in Christ and this is also how our Lord looked upon Mary. What a great find this is tucked away in Scripture. Our Lord has looked upon us His elect/whosoever wills with His favor (see the article entitled “Favor with God”, http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=93427 ).
She was a young woman who recognized her frailty and could not understand why the Lord would come to her. She actually deliberated or reflected in her own mind what in the world did this angel want. Much like our Lord did when He went to Jessie’s house to anoint the future King of Israel David, He had already thoroughly known this young woman’s heart and this is why she was elected. Gabriel told her to rejoice because this was the greatest honor a young woman could receive and she would be blessed forever in the sight of all Israel and the world at large. Mary would indeed do just that as she sings a song later on exalting God her Savior. Mary never (in the few words we have from her lips) in Scripture elevates herself to some form of human perfection equal in status to the Lord Jesus Christ whom she carries and gives birth to. She never tells anyone to pray to her for anything. On the contrary we learn that after our Lord is born and grows into Manhood at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, when they ran out of wine she tells the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
However, back to her encounter with Gabriel, when he tells her she will give birth to a child and name Him Jesus, she does not consider or understand the power of God and ask how because she was a virgin and planned to remain one until her wedding night with Joseph her betrothed. The two of them may have had another year or more before they would come together in marriage. Many people look at this (even the Jewish people back then did, including people today) as something vulgar as if God the Holy Spirit would be literally having sex with Mary and so they dismiss it as untrue or unbelievable. However, again it is man’s inability to understand the power that is inherently a part of who God (YAHWEH) is by His very existence and nature.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. NKJV
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. NKJV
Jeremiah 23:5-6 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” NKJV
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. NKJV
Hebrews 10:5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.” NKJV
In this same 1st Chapter of Luke we read how Elizabeth was barren and of an old age, but the Lord opened her womb that she would conceive John the Baptist. He opened the womb of Rachel (Jacob’s wife) that she would begin to conceive and bare children. In 1 Samuel 1:5-6 the Bible says the Lord closed the womb of Hannah and then after she prayed and made a vow to give her child to the Lord then He remembered her and her womb was opened by the Lord and she bore a son named Samuel. Sarah (the wife of Abraham) was barren her entire life and the Lord opened her womb at the age of 90 years and she conceived Isaac. Let us remember these words from Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. NKJV The natural laws that govern nature on the earth do not operate independent of God’s hand and control, but rather at His sole control. So when He stopped the Sun it was at His command just as our Lord also spoke to the wind and told it to cease. It is the Lord that is the author of every life on this earth and He can open or close any womb by His unique only to Him life giving breath. God is Spirit and He does not have a human form except when He was in Jesus Christ reconciling this sinful world back to Him. These examples explain the statement of the angel Gabriel when he said, “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Genesis 18:14 And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” NKJV
“What we henceforth hate is our life; what we wholly love is the Lord. Such persons cannot but utter the cry of Mary: “My soul magnifies the Lord” (Luke 1:46). No longer is there self-importance, either in public or in private.” Watchman Nee
“Mary’s virginity protected a great deal more than her own moral character, reputation, and the legitimacy of Jesus’ birth. It protected the nature of the Divine Son of God... Jesus had to have one human parent or He could not have been human, and thereby a partaker of our flesh. But He also had to have Divine parentage or He could not have made a sinless and perfect sacrifice on our behalf.” John MacArthur
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
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