One of the great
delusions that goes with wealth, power and status is
to think we are in control of our lives. The most
difficult lesson for most people to realize is that
God values the heart, not what we possess.
Everything we have is on loan to us. We are only
stewards of His possessions. He is really not
interested in appearance, performance or status. Not
even in the church.
How would you like to be
on the board of trustees of the Kingdom of God
telling God what to do and how to do it? Don't
respond to hastily. Far too many of us in attitude
and actions are that way.
God's timing is always
perfect, and He really does know what He is doing.
As we look at Luke
1:26-38 let's keep in mind that the central figure
is Jesus Christ. The Scriptures are abundant in
their testimony that Jesus fulfilled the Old
Testament prophetic promises of the coming of the
Deliverer (4:16-21; Acts 2:16-21, 25-36; 3:12-18,
22-26; 7:2-53; 13:16ff). Luke and Matthew make it
clear that the historical events they are reporting
are seen as the fulfillment of the Old Testament
Scriptures. The first coming of the Messiah was to
be an advent of humiliation while the second is one
of consummation and glory of the kingdom of God. The
day draws near when Christ shall take His great
power and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
His kingdom alone shall possess an everlasting
kingdom, and His dominion will not pass away.
However, it must first come in deep humiliation. But
even if the Son of God, the heir of all things, had
come to reign on the earth as a king at the first
advent even that would have been condescension to
come on earth as king.
When God chose to act in
the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy regarding
salvation of man He did it at a specific place and
time in the history of Israel with specific people
and concerns the birth of a historical person. These
are historical events that Dr. Luke is reporting. He
does not say, "Once upon a time . . ." He said just
the opposite, "In the days of Herod, king of Judea.
. . the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in
Galilee, called Nazareth" (1:5, 26). History is full
of Herod and his evil family. The Jewish people
hated him because he was an Edomite, not a Jew. Here
was a king who did not have a drop of King David's
blood flowing in his veins, appointed by the power
of Rome to the throne of a Jewish nation. Luke notes
another significant historical marker in
establishing the historicity of Jesus' birth. In 2:1
he writes, "Now it came about in those days that a
decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census
be taken of all the inhabited earth." No honest
scholar can deny that Luke is asserting that these
events took place as part of universally accepted
God passed over Imperial
Rome, Jerusalem and the Temple and came to a village
in Galilee of the Gentiles. What was Nazareth like
in the days of Jesus? The town was located 70 miles
northeast of Jerusalem, and sat on a hillside above
the highway between Tyre, Sidon and Jerusalem. The
population was 15,000. It was a hot bed of
corruption with Roman soldiers passing by each day
and spending the night there, Greek merchants and
travelers were coming and going selling their wares.
Dwellers were rude, violent and of evil repute. How
significant that God passed over Jerusalem, the
Temple, and the politicians and went to a town in
Galilee. He went to the Galilee of the Gentiles.
Even in this hotbed of corruption He had his chosen
servants. In the darkest days of human history, God
has always had His elect remnant ready to accomplish
His will and purpose. He always has had on hand
those who are available to Him. And our day is no
THE PERSON GOD USES
"Now in the sixth month
the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in
Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a
man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of
David; and the virgin's name was Mary" (vv. 26-27).
This is one of those great passages that should
always fill our hearts with wonder, love and praise.
Her name was Mary
She was probably just a
teenager between 13 and 15 years old. This was the
normal age for the Jewish betrothal or formal
engagement. We know that she was engaged to Joseph
who was a descendent of King David (v. 27). It was
important for Luke and Matthew to carefully note
that Jesus descended from the lineage of King David
(2:4; 3:23-38; Matt. 1:1-17; Rom. 1:3; 2 Tim. 2:8).
It would seem very
strange to us, but Mary and Joseph's parents got
together and arranged for the marriage of their
children. The Jewish marriage consisted of two
stages: one was the engagement which was followed a
year later by the marriage proper. This engagement
was a formal agreement initiated by the father
seeking a bride for his son. The two mothers and two
fathers got together and negotiated the marriage
arrangement and then the qiddushin took
place. This formal betrothal was binding like a
marriage. The second most important person involved
in the marriage contract was the father of the
bride. Remember, he stood to lose the most in the
deal because he was giving up his daughter and
helper on the farm or in the family business. The
couple was engaged when the father of the son paid
the purchase price to the bride's father and a
written agreement and oath were signed. When the
marriage contract was finalized by the parents of
the couple, even though the marriage ceremony had
not been celebrated, the bridegroom could not be rid
of his betrothed except through divorce. If Joseph
had died between the engagement and marriage, Mary
would have been his legal widow. If, during the same
period of time, another man had sexual intercourse
with her, Mary would have been punished as an
adulteress. This engagement period usually lasted
for a year and was as binding as marriage. The legal
aspect of the Jewish marriage was included in the
betrothal; the wedding celebration was merely a
recognition of the agreement that had already been
established. This is why Joseph had a perfect right
to travel with Mary to Bethlehem. The engagement was
taken a lot more seriously than in our day. Even
though the engagement was legally binding, and the
couple was considered husband and wife, they
refrained from sexual contact until the second stage
of the marriage ceremony was fulfilled.
character of this young woman
Mary was a "virgin" (27).
She had integrity. In the passage before us Luke
makes it very clear that Mary was a virgin, not just
a "girl," or "maiden," both before and after
conception. She was sexually inexperienced. The word
parthenos in this context means "one who has
not yet had sexual relations." The word means "a
young unmarried woman who had preserved the purity
of her body." The meaning of this word is simple and
self-evident. The miraculous element was in the
manner of the begetting or conception of Jesus in
Mary. Clearly the message to Mary was that Jesus was
to be born of her without a human father. If the
child to be born were Immanuel, "God with us," He
would have to have a very special entry into the
world. How else could the eternal God incarnate be
Much has been written by
the secular mind about the virgin birth. We cannot
explain the virgin birth as originating from pagan
sources because there are no parallels. Moreover,
there are no Jewish traditions of a virgin birth.
However, the God of
Creation transcended the laws of nature and by the
power of the Holy Spirit conceived and brought forth
a son in the virgin Jewish maiden. What God promises
He provides and does it in surprising ways. The
finger of God is written all over this historical
Isaiah prophesied in
7:14, "a virgin will be with child and bear a son,
and she will call His name Immanuel." This is the
wonder of wonder. It is God in the corporeal
self-manifestation of Himself. He is a super-human
person, God with us. The incarnation of deity,
Immanuel would Himself be El, God. This child
Himself would be God among His people, a
characteristic of Him. (Cf. John 1:1-3, 14, 18;
Colossians 2:9-10; John 14:14-20).
"God with us" ought to be
enough to astonish us, but the LORD told King Ahaz
how He would pull it off. He told him "a virgin will
be with child and bear a son." Stop and think. "A
virgin will be with child and bear a son." Both in
the usage and context of the passage support this
translation very strongly. Reference is to something
very unusual. It would not be unusual for a "maiden"
to conceive, but a "virgin" would be a wonder. Such
an act would be an encouragement to the faithful
remnant of Israel. It would be a wonder of wonders
such as had just been offered to Ahaz and he refused
it. It would also be a condemnation of the faithless
elements of the line of David. The context, if it
makes any sense, requires a marriageable young lady
of unblemished reputation, a virgin.
The literal meaning of
Luke 1:27 and Matthew 1:18 makes this fact clear
that Jesus was born of Mary without a human father.
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When
His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before
they came together she was found to be with child by
the Holy Spirit." It is obvious that Mary had not
told Joseph that she was pregnant. The discovery
became inevitable and it was plain that Joseph was
in the dark. Joseph was shocked by the discovery and
the next verse tells us he was ready to divorce her
secretly. She was engaged to him and from that
moment a woman was treated as if actually married.
Such a promised marriage was dissolved only by
divorce. Unfaithfulness was treated as adultery.
Therefore, Joseph would have divorced her secretly
if an angel of the Lord had not appeared and told
him "that which has been conceived in her is of the
Holy Spirit" (v. 20). Jesus had no human father.
I have enjoyed in
preparation of this study and I highly recommend
Robert Stein on the Gospel of Luke (The New
American Commentary, Luke (Nashville: Broadman
Press). His section on the birth of Jesus is
excellent. In a footnote he writes:
"Technically it is more correct to talk about the
virginal conception than the virgin birth.
Technically speaking, virgin birth refers to the
Gnostic doctrine that Mary remained physically a
virgin after Jesus' birth, i.e., that her physical
organs (the hymen) remained intact. The dangerous
corollary of this doctrine is a docetic Christology.
A Christ 'born' in this fashion would have passed
through the birth canal and hymen as a spirit would
rather than as a flesh-and-blood baby would" (p.
G. Campbell Morgan writes
candidly, "When presently the angel made to her the
great and startling announcement that she was to be
the mother of the messiah, without a moment's
hesitation, artlessly and honestly, the transparent
simplicity of the woman is revealed when she said to
the angel: 'How shall this be, seeing I know not a
man?' Then, when the angel answered that inquiry,
and more than answered it . . . look at her once
more. That quietly bowed head, and the words that
passed her lips are again revealing; 'Behold, the
handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy
Graced by God
"And coming in, he said
to her, 'Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with
you.' But she was very perplexed at this statement,
and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.
The angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; for
you have found favor with God'" (vv. 28-30).
The angel Gabriel called
her, "favored one" (Luke 1:28) meaning one who is
enriched with grace. God chose her to bear His Son
(vv. 31, 35). "And coming in, he said to her,
'Greetings, favored one (woman richly blessed)! The
Lord is with you.'" The true sense of the verse is,
"You are full of grace which you have received from
God." "Blessed are you among women" is not in the
oldest manuscripts. Scribes or a copyist added these
words at a later date. They are however, found in v.
42. It is the free, divine, unmerited and
undeserving favor of God bestowed upon Mary. It was
unearned and undeserved. God chose her out of the
graciousness of His heart. She found grace "by the
side of God," in close fellowship with Him. This is
why God chose her. It is out of that relationship
with Him that He chose her to be His servant. When
God calls us to come and join Him in what He is
doing it is out of that kind of fellowship with Him.
"The Lord is with you,"
is a statement of the mighty power of God being
present and upon Mary. He will be the source of this
great event and the security and protection in the
difficult years ahead. She is merely the recipient
of grace, not the dispenser of grace. Only God can
bestow grace on sinners. Luke tells us Mary is the
one receiving grace. She is not endowed with a
special power to give grace to anyone. She is
favored by God to be the mother of the descendent of
David, the Son of the Most High, the Messiah.
Mary was upset and
puzzled when she heard the message (v. 29). She was
"greatly troubled," or agitated as she pondered it.
"But she was very perplexed at this statement, and
kept pondering what kind of salutation this was."
Mary did what any other thinking woman would do. She
started wondering and continued wondering. She began
to argue back and forth with herself until the angel
calmed her down, "Do not be afraid, Mary."
"You have found favor
with God" (v. 30). The word "favor" is the word for
grace, and by the side of, in fellowship with. The
idea of God's kindness toward men is the idea here.
The critical issue is God's gracious sovereign
choice of Mary. There is nothing here to indicate
that Mary was chosen for this task of bearing the
Son of God because of any particular piety or
holiness of life, merits of her own or anything she
has done. She did not merit the privilege of being
the mother of Jesus. She was a chosen vessel out of
God's grace just like He does with any other person
to accomplish His eternal purposes. The stress is on
God's choice, not Mary's acceptability. The emphasis
of the original is that Mary found this favor with
God long ago. It was all arranged in His plan far in
advance. How short sighted we are when we look at
THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING
USED OF GOD (1:31-33)
Mary will have the
privilege of bearing God's Son (v. 31).
"And behold, you will
conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall
name Him Jesus." This is fulfilled in 2:21 (cf.
You will have a son and
you will name Him "Jesus" (Iesous). Jesus is
the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua. He
will be named after His Father. The original full
form of His Hebrew name is Jehoshua or Yeshua. You
will call his name Joshua—Yahweh is salvation,
Yahweh saves, Jehovah will save. God the Father
named Him for He will be the One who will accomplish
What this Son of Mary
will accomplish is fulfillment of a prophecy given
to king David a thousand years before (II Samuel
7:12-16; Isa. 9:7). Joseph and Mary were both of the
house of David (Lk. 1:27).
Jesus will save His
people from their sins. (Cf. Matt. 1:21; Lk. 2:11;
1910; Jn. 3:16; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9-10).
Jesus' greatness is
"He will be great" (v.
32). "He will be great and will be called the Son of
the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the
throne of His father David . . ." What a contrast
Jesus will be to all mankind who have fallen short
of the glory of God. He will even be greater than
John the Baptist, whose greatness was not "absolute"
but "qualified" by "in the sight of the Lord"
(1:15). The baptizer was a great spokesman, but
noting in comparison to the Son.
He is the Son of
He will be "called the
Son of the Most High" meaning He "will be the Son of
God." The "Son of the Most High" is a parallel
expression of "Son of God." This is a clear
designation of the Messiah because His "messiahship
should be interpreted in terms of His sonship" (Rev.
"The Lord will give Him
the throne of His father David." He is the Messiah!
Jesus is the Anointed of the LORD.
The prophet Nathan
promised King David before his death, "When your
days are complete and you lie down with your
fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you,
who will come forth from you, and I will establish
his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and
I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever"
(2 Samuel 7:12-13, NASB 1995). According to God's
promise Jesus is the rightful heir to David's
throne. He is the son whose throne will be
His kingdom will
have no end.
"He will reign over the
house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no
end." "The house of Jacob" is another messianic
description used to designate Israel (Ex. 19:3).
Jesus is the long awaited King of Israel who will
enjoy an eternal rule. This was the promise given to
David in 2 Samuel 7:13-16 and put to song in Psalm
2:7; 89:4, 26-29; 132:12). Isaiah spoke of the
coming king in 9:6-7,
"There will be no end to
the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and
From then on and forevermore."
The zeal of the
LORD of hosts will accomplish this (v. 7).
Luke is referring to the
last Davidic King, the Messiah, who will reign
forever and forever. Once His kingdom is
established, it will never end. Jesus Christ enjoys
an everlasting kingdom. Jesus Christ is the Coming
One hoped for and expected in the Old Testament,
realized and proclaimed in the New who will reign
forever and ever. He will always be the sovereign
king. The kingdom of God will be consummated at the
Second Coming of Christ and it will continue
throughout eternity. John Newton wrote of that
"When we've been there
ten thousand years
Bright shining as the
We've no less days to
sing God's praise
Than when we first
THE PLAN OF GOD
Mary's response is this
all sounds great, but remember there is one major
problem. Mary said to the angel, "How can this be,
since I am a virgin?" Literally. "A man I know not"
(v. 34). Luke reinforces again this important fact
to his reading audience. The word "know" is used to
describe the sexual intercourse in the Bible.
Mary interprets the words
of the angel meaning that she, as she was then, as a
virgin, was to bear a son and call His name Jesus.
"Leave the question as it is," says Morgan. "It is
the cold, scientific, biological difficulty, bluntly
stated." The first person to raise the difficulty
was Mary. She was more aware of it than anyone else.
The question "How can this be?" reveals to us
something of the integrity of this young woman and
the integrity of the Gospel. Yet, this is the only
way you can account for the person of Jesus Christ.
"God is not limited by
the ordinary; He can do, and does do, extraordinary
things; God is not imprisoned within that which men
call the natural; but for His own purposes, He can
act in a way men can only describe as supernatural,"
observes Morgan. This is God's own special creative
work through the Holy Spirit. Mary's unique Son will
come into this world as a result of the creative
power of the Spirit of God.
There is a big difference
between Mary and Zacharias' attitudes. Zacharias in
unbelief, asked for a sign. Mary, timidly explained
as simple fact, "How can this be, I am a virgin."
She doesn't ask for proof; she simply wonders about
the process since she is the subject. Obviously, no
sexual contact has yet taken place (cf. Matt. 1:25).
Perhaps Luke is
contrasting the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus.
Since Jesus is greater than John, His birth must
also be considered greater. "If John's birth was
miraculous but Jesus' birth was the result of a
normal sexual relationship, then the whole parallel
between 1:5-25 and 1:26-38 breaks down at this
point. Jesus' birth had to be greater than that of
John the Baptist, and this requires us to understand
His birth as a virgin birth" (Stein, p. 84).
The Godhead is involved
in the miraculous conception of Jesus. Note how the
whole trinity is involved (v. 35). The angel
answered Mary and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will
come upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child
shall be called the Son of God." John the Baptist
was filled with the Spirit from his mother's womb,
but Jesus was conceived by the power of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will come upon Mary to give divine
life in her human ovum. This conception will be
unique. It has never before occurred, and will never
again take place.
The "power of the Most
High" will enshroud her. "Overshadow" has the idea
to envelope in darkness, with excess light, to cast
a shadow. Remember the cloud in the Old Testament
that symbolized the divine presence? Here the figure
of the cloud of glory, Shekinah, represents the
presence and power of God (Ex. 40:34, 38; Num.
9:15). The Holy Spirit will come upon Mary and
overshadow her with His power, through which she
will become pregnant. This active, creative,
productive overshadowing presence of God brings
about the conception within Mary's womb. This
eternally pre-existent person was conceived by a
direct divine act, without a sexual activity or
substitute of any kind.
Godet contrasted the
birth of the Baptizer with Jesus suggesting the
birth of John was due to a "higher power," but "the
birth of Jesus . . . has the character of a creative
act. In importance it constitutes the counterpart .
. . of the appearance of the first man; Jesus
is the second Adam. This birth is the beginning of
the world to come." The apostle Paul wrote,
"Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into
the world, and death through sin, and so death
spread to all men, because all sinned . . . . But
the free gift is not like the transgression. For if
by the transgression of the one the many died, much
more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace
of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many"
(Rom. 5:12, 15).
These expressions allude
to the glory cloud that camped over the Israelites
in the wilderness. We will encounter the cloud again
in Luke 9:34 at the transfiguration. F. Godet in
The Gospel of Luke, p. 93 writes:
The Holy Spirit denotes
here the divine power, the life-giving breath which
calls into developed existence the germ of a human
personality slumbering in Mary's womb. This germ is
the link which unites Jesus to human nature, and
makes Him a member of the race He comes to save.
Thus in this birth the miracle of the first creation
is repeated on a scale of greater power. Two
elements concurred in the formation of man: a body
taken from the ground, and the divine breath. With
these two elements correspond here the germ derived
from the womb of Mary and the Holy Ghost who
fertilizes it. The absolute purity of this birth
results, on the one hand, from the perfect holiness
of the divine principle which is its efficient
cause; on the other, from the absence of every
impure motion in her who becomes a mother under the
power of such a principle.
The "holy offspring shall
be called the Son of God" for that is who He is.
This is the only way to account for Jesus. Don't
make apologies for believing in the virgin
conception and birth of Jesus. Because Jesus was a
very special person, Immanuel, He would have to have
a very special entry into the world.
I think it was Chuck
Swindoll that suggested these excellent truths:
A natural savior provides no supernatural help.
A human savior offers no divine hope.
A sinful savior is really no savior at all.
God solves problem of our sin by providing a sinless
The virgin conception as
well as a virgin birth guarantees a sinless Savior.
The virgin birth provided a sin free nature. The
virgin birth provides a divine and a human nature.
He is the God-man. Jesus' conception was absolutely
the only one of its kind. The Holy Spirit came upon
Mary and overshadow her with His power, by which she
will become pregnant. This was an act of God! Man
was not involved in any manner whatsoever.
By entering into human
life as Jesus did, He was placed in the normal
condition of man before the fall, therefore in a
position to fulfill the goal God has for Adam before
he chose to disobey. By volitional choice Adam
should have advanced from innocence to holiness. He
chose to disobey and brought depravity on every
human being thereafter. Jesus, on the other hand,
was freed from the depravity which owing to the
manner in which He was born hinders us from
accomplishing the task. However, Jesus had to exert
His own free will, and to devote Himself continually
to being obedient to the Father's will. One of the
most puzzling verses is Hebrews 5:8-9 which says
"although He was a son, He learned obedience from
the things which He suffered; having been made
perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the
source of eternal salvation." The apostle Paul tells
us He was "obedient to the death, even death on a
cross." We should praise and thank God every day of
our lives that the Last Adam who could have made the
same foolish destructive choices the first Adam made
did not and was obedient to His Father's
commandment. Godet says, "His miraculous birth,
therefore, in no way prevented this conflict from
being real. It gave Him liberty not to sin, but did
not take away from Him the liberty of sinning."
Campbell Morgan says the
angel cleared up the mystery for us: "The thing
shall be done by the direct act of God, the power of
the Most High, the Holy Spirit, wrapping thee round,
overshadowing thee, producing in thy womb the
Man-child; and also, by that same act, by that same
energy, by that same force, the Holy Spirit
overshadowing, that which is begotten shall be held
from contamination with the sin of thy nature, and
in human nature. It shall be holy. It shall have
being in thy womb by the act of God; and it shall be
held from contamination with the sinfulness of thy
nature, by the same act of God" (The Gospel
According to Luke, p. 24).
We should ever keep in
mind that the laws of nature are not chains that
bind the Divine Creator. "They are," as someone
suggested, "threads which He holds in His hand and
which He shortens or lengthens at will." The only
thing that limits our acceptance of the virgin
conception of Jesus is our view of God. The angel
didn't say to Mary, "nothing will be impossible,"
but "nothing will be impossible with God" (v. 37).
Since that was true with Mary it is still true
today. God has not changed.
Stein strikes a note of
warning: "Attempts to interpret Mary's words in this
verse as expressing a vow of perpetual virginity . .
. are incorrect. (Such explanations clash with Matt.
1:25, which implies that after the birth of Jesus,
Joseph and Mary had a normal husband-wife
relationship.)" Both Matthew and Luke, as we have
already stressed, "clearly affirmed that Jesus'
conception was miraculous in that Mary was a virgin
when she conceived."
The virgin birth as
taught in the Scriptures guarantees a sinless Savior
who died for our sins to set us free. It was
made possible by the "holy offspring . . . called
the Son of God" (v. 35; Acts 9:20; cf. Rom. 1:3-4).
Luke has carefully slipped us another messianic
designation of Jesus. "Son of God" is essentially
another synonym for the Messiah. This Jesus is the
Son of God who existed before His physical birth.
Dr. Luke declares with
"cool objectivity" the historical fact that Jesus
Christ was born of a virgin.
God is planning to
do the impossible (v. 36-37).
"And behold, even your
relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her
old age; and she who was called barren is now in her
sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with
God" (vv. 36-37).
The conception of John
the Baptizer was in a sense miraculous. It was a
miracle that this could happen to people well
advanced in years. But it was not unique. However,
the conception of Jesus was uniquely miraculous. It
took place without the assistance of any human male.
What more appropriate manner for the coming of the
son of God.
THE PRICE FOR BEING
USED OF GOD (1:38)
Mary said, "Behold, the
bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me
according to your word." Then the angel departed
There would be questions
regarding Mary's integrity. A. T. Robertson
suggested, "It is not unlikely that some sharp
tongues in Nazareth made her feel the force of this
biting slur." She would become the object of
ridicule and gossip the rest of her life. Old
Simeon's sword would piece her heart time and time
again. "And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His
mother, 'Behold, this Child is appointed for the
fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to
be opposed—and a sword will pierce even your own
soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may
be revealed'" (2:34-35).
God asked Mary to bear a
child without being married. It was no flippant
decision when she said, "may it be done according to
your word." How do we respond when He comes to us
and invites us to join Him on a mission impossible?
Ever wonder if He passes us by because we don't want
to do it His way?
Mary had a submissive
heart. She was obedient to God's will. She left the
timing and details up to God. Her attitude was one
of humble obedience as His servant. She made herself
available to Him and that is exactly what He wants
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
Luke helps us to grasp
the hand of God upon His servants. No one merits the
opportunity to serve Him. It is freely of His divine
choice operating under His grace.
With privilege goes
responsibility and there is often a price to pay.
Mary paid a big price to
serve God, but not as big as Jesus paid. He was
obedient unto death, even to the death on the cross,
not because He had done anything wrong, but because
we have failed to live up to the glory of God. He
was the innocent suffer, dying as a substitute for
When you serve God
you must always get eternity in the picture.
Mary saw things from
God's perspective. Ask God to help you see things
from His point of view. Your problem, circumstances,
or situation may be a gift from God. He is
intimately involved with the details in your life.
God owes us nothing; we owe Him everything. He is a
God of grace.
God always keeps
He makes Himself
available to you and He will provide all of your
needs as you serve His eternal purposes. Luke 1:37,
"For nothing will be impossible with God." God does
what He says He will do. When God steps into our
lives we should rejoice and trust that He will do as
He has promised.
Where is God at
work in your life today?
Are you willing to be a
Mary? Luke 1:38, "Behold, your bondservant of the
Lord; be it done to me according to your word." God
unexpectedly chose Mary and she said yes to His
biddings. Then He did in her life what He does in
ours as He prepares us for His service. When God
calls, He always provides. When God calls us the
only response pleasing to Him is: "Here am I Lord;
use me, as You will." When we follow His leading He
will always supply what is lacking.
Do you have an
attitude of submission to God?
All that God asks is
whole-hearted self-surrender. Mary is perfect
example of unqualified submission to God's will.
This passage is a
reminder that God offers to each person a fresh new
relationship with Him that is far nearer than that
of flesh and blood. It is an intimate, love
relationship which belongs to those who confess to
Him their sins and repent and believe on Christ as
their Savior. "Whoever shall do the will of God the
same is My brother, and sister and mother," Jesus
said. Are you next of kin to Jesus? You can be by
asking Him to be your Savior.
Title: Luke 2:26-38
Gabriel Came by Today
Series: Life of Christ