In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 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, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
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.
The Bible provides information of events. These versus provide insight into one of the most important events in history. The Lord announces to Mary the coming birth of the Son of God, God becoming man, God with us. The Old Testament had foretold of this event. With this statement God has put into motion fulfillment of his promises. Mary is a virgin engaged to Joseph. Joseph and Mary are descendants of David. He is traveling to Bethlehem. Mary is highly favored by God and he is with her. Mary will conceive a son which will be called Jesus. Jesus is the son of the Most High and will reign forever and ever.
Lord, we cannot imagine the depth of your love for each and every person. You have set in motion events which will free humankind from an eternity of sin. Open my heart and mind to understand your love, redemption, and salvation. Amen