Day # 2 Celebrating Immanuel…
“And the angel came unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
(Possible conversation between Mary and Elizabeth on the day Mary arrived in the city of Juda, home of her cousin, Elizabeth)
“Oh, cousin Elizabeth, the angel said that I am highly favored and blessed among women.”
“Yes, Mary, indeed thou art blessed among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”
What woman is not somewhat overwhelmed with amazement and awe when she first hears the news that she is carrying a child? Even if the child was unplanned or maybe conceived under difficult circumstances, there is a part of a women that knows her body is being used to bring forth life. There is an immediate bonding between the Giver of Life and the one carrying the new life within…
Nonetheless, over two thousand years ago, a virgin from the small town of Nazareth was visited by the angel Gabriel, sent forth from God, to announce that she would bring forth a child who would be called, “The Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father (King) David…” (Luke 1:32 KJV)
Did you see that? A lowly, yet highly favored, virgin from Nazareth would bring forth a King! What “believing” (religious) mother doesn’t want good for her child! A godly mother wants her child to be healthy, happy, and succesful; a child filled with wisdom and righteousness who accomplishes great things for the Lord. Well, Mary was certainly no exception…Except, where most mothers don’t know the exact fortunes or futures of their children-to-be, Mary was given an immediate promise that her son would one day be given the throne of King David of Israel…And, not only would he sit on the throne, he would reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end! (Luke 1:33 KJV)…Hallelujah!
Can you only imagine what it must have been like for Mary to “process” such vital information? Most of us mothers-to-be would be thrilled just to be told that the baby inside of us was healthy and would one day graduate college and run a successful business, marry the love of their life, and live happily ever after! Yet; Mary’s baby son would not only be a future King, but of his kingdom there would be no end! I don’t know about you, but I would be in absolute shock and jubilation at the same time. Talking about being all over the radar with my emotions! I wouldn’t know what to celebrate first; being highly favored myself or knowing that my Son would be ALL of Earth’s future King!
But, not Mary…She replied, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” I love it…Keeping it simple…In Mary’s mind, she wasn’t thinking about the future of the child at the moment, she was wondering how on earth was she going to conceive a child without first knowing a man as her husband!
No matter who we are, it’s a challenge at times to understand, by Faith, the workings of a Holy and Righteous God; Mary was no exception. Mary would go on to learn that she would remain a virgin without the “natural” use of a man to aid in her first conception. The angel Gabriel would explain that the “Holy Thing” (Luke 1: 35 KJV) which shall be born unto her would be called the Son of God…Amazing!…Can you only imagine Mary’s thoughts on that day!
However, without resistance, Mary quickly responded, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1: 38 KJV)…Amen!! No wonder she found “favor” in God’s eyes!
Yes, Mary, thou art highly favored among women…And, today, I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for your faith and obedience that you showed on that most blessed divinely appointed time in history. The very moment when you surrendered your life and your body to bear God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ…who would come into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be Saved…(John 3:17)…Oh, yes; oh, yes; oh, yes…Mary, thou art truly highly favored. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T Rollins
@copyright by Lin T Rollins, November 2012