In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favoured one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
Comment: The passage tells that Mary was troubled and that is not surprising. Most people think that Mary was in her teens as girls were married early. She obviously knew about the Promise of a coming Messiah, because that was the great Hope of Israel; She obviously knew the facts about reproduction and asks the obvious question ‘How will his be, since I am a virgin.’ The answer which she is given makes God the Father. It is totally unnecessary to let our minds wander into the intimacies of the how. But the answer makes not only Jesus the ‘Son of God’, but lets us also realize that He was truly a MAN. We have here the Messiah coming – the God-Man on the way onto earth.
Thus armed with fantastic promises from God, Mary goes out into a scandal ridden and gossiping world. But as we saw earlier God has brought Joseph into the picture to stand by her side, as a loving support.
Prayer: While she was just a normal young woman, we thank You for giving Mary the strength and character to be such a truly good mother for our Saviour.