“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel* forever; his Kingdom will never end!” – Luke 1:30-33
Can you imagine how scared Mary must have been?
First, an angel appeared to her which is amazing and scary by itself. But the angel Gabriel told her she, a virgin no less, would give birth to the Son of God. We still can’t wrap our heads around it today.
Sure, we have in vitro fertilization. But we’re talking about the supernatural here. It took a lot of faith for her to believe this would happen.
She would be risking her reputation and her marriage to Joseph. She would be labeled an adulterer. Who on earth would believe her?? “I swear I’m still a virgin.” ” Yeah. Right,” would be the reply.
And not to mention the responsibility she would feel beyond the responsibility of a regular pregnancy and motherhood. The Son of God!
Despite all this, Mary’s response was obedience.
“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. – Luke 1:38
This advent season, I want to strive to have that type of obedience. The type of obedience that does what God asks no matter how ridiculous it may seem to me.
I also want to remember that God uses us to accomplish His will.