In Luke 1 we are told that when Mary enters the redemption story, she is a virgin. She had just gotten engaged to be married. I imagine that she was excited because her value had just increased, based on society’s standard. She would soon become someone’s wife. I imagine that she was certain that soon she would become a mother. Approved by her husband and God. Little did she know her future held different plans.
Gabriel appears to her and tells her, “The Lord is with you.” Mary is confused and disturbed. I can relate to that reaction. My thoughts would have been, “Yea, the Lord is with everyone. I’m no one special.” Mary tried to think what Gabriel meant. He calmed her and assured her that she had found favor with God.
Mary was a teenager and just engaged to be married. Gabriel tells her the following;
1. You will conceive and give birth to a son. (Ok, I can see that.)
2. You name him Jesus. (Ok, not sure why, but I will.)
3. He will be VERY great and will be called the Son of the Most High. (Uh what?!)
4. The Lord will give him the throne of his ancestor David. (Wait a minute!)
5. He will reign over Israel forever; his kingdom will never end! (This is where I would have struggled.)
Mary asked how. She verified that she was a virgin, not yet married. Would that have been all I would have said? No. I would been like Moses, but I can’t ….. Or, but I’m not…… Or like Peter, after Jesus told him how he was going to die. What about him/her?
Mary’s response is in Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
Lord, I am your servant. When You invite me to be a part of building Your kingdom and I’m tempted to say “No thank you,” remind me of Mary. She trusted You. That You would provide her with everything she needed to do Your will. That if You found favor with her that that was good enough.
Will you say, with Mary, “I am Your servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”?